That pic up there isn't from this current tour but the enormous video screens and incredible visual show behind Paul McCartney's sparse band was very similar at last night's Staples Center show. The last of this tour. We're still not convinced the acoustics of Staples are the absolute best for a concert -- Sir Paul often sounded muddled when he was talking to the audience but maybe that is just his mumbly British accent -- but the crowds there are always random and enjoyable. We've seen Prince, Madonna and some others there and it never fails. Get a 20,000 Angelenos in one place and the "only in LA" moments can't help but happen.
We saw Jack Nicholson and his limo get denied at the loading tunnel (only because he had to enter at another location). We watched security at the same tunnel (ed. note - full disclosure, my mom works on the tour so I was hanging around waiting for her not stalking a knight) catch someone trying to fake his way down the tunnel with an elaborate disguise complete with a walkie talkie and a ton of fake concert badges. Hilarious.
We watched a woman bad stripper dance while wearing a cowboy hat by the cable tree behind the gigantic sound board until security asked her to sit her crazy ass down and we saw old people.
Lots and lots of old people. We saw parents who came with their kids, grandparents with their grandkids and lots and lots of older couples re-living times gone by. Plus, a lot of stiff neck and off-rhythm dancing. We guess loving the music doesn't make you feel it better.
Sadly, though, LAist was the old fuddy duddy in the room making an early exit with about 15 minutes to go in the show.
What can we say? It was a school night.