Well, it’s old news by now since VH-1 aired the concert already, but it was
still awfully gosh-darn exciting to see Paul McCartney play live at the PETA
Awards dinner at Paramount Studios in Los Angeles in September.
I got to go because I have a friend who is an Event Coordinator at
Paramount. Knowing I’d want to see Sir Paul (and being such a good friend)
she hired me to work the event so that I could get in. She came in hand
later when Paul played, too, because she was wired for communication to
everybody else on the lot so she got me pretty close to the stage. She
explained that when people see the wire coming out of her ear, they
automatically move out of her way. Think Rene Russo in “In The Line of
Fire.” She even has one of those nifty little microphones that you see
Secret Service fellas using when they talk into their suit sleeve. I also
got to catch about five minutes of McCartney soundchecking. I love this
McCartney was the official host of the event but it was emcee’d by Alec
Baldwin and Jamie Lee Curtis. The event was to give out Humanitarian Awards
for big PETA supporters like Kathy Najimy and Bill Maher (who noted that dog
owners get to feel like a Beatle every tme they come home and are greeted by
their pet pooches.) They also gave out a Linda McCartney award. Lots of
dressed up celebs, etc.
After the awards program, everyone moved over to New York street where the
B-52¹s played a bunch of songs (they sounded better live at the event than
on the VH-1 show). Chrissie Hynde only did one song even though she¹d
soundchecked a bunch more. I’d like to think she realized it was getting
late and Paul was still coming on.
I wasn’t actually expecting much from McCartney but he was really great. His
energy was high, his voice was good, the music was great. The only weird
thing is that he was reading all the lyrics from a teleprompter. Now, all of
the performers may have been but I wasn’t up that close for the B-52’s and
Chrissie Hynde. He did six songs from the new album and, thanks to a little
help from my friends, I got to see him do them live.