At 76 years old, Paul McCartney is still actively touring—and giving all of us young folks a run for our money at that. Having spent the majority of his life solidifying himself as one the world’s best songwriters as a member of The Beatles, he keeps marching on, showing his undying love for performing.
Watching Paul perform live is an amazing experience, not only because he plays legendary songs from The Beatles, but because he has such an incredible mastery over an audience, it almost feels like it’s second nature to him. Not only is he an incredible multi-instrumentalist, but he’s unparalleled when it comes to singing (especially considering his age). His voice beautifully reaches any note that he needs to, and he’s able to muster up some amazing vocal grit to boot.
Paul’s here to help demonstrate what years of being part of possibly the greatest political and musical force of the past century can create, and what an example it is. Performing comes so easy to Paul, which leaves so much to take note on—no tricks, no effects, no curtains: just good, well-written music, and a man with an incredible story to tell.
Try it out: Often Paul will go above and beyond to get the crowd to play a part in the song—in this specific performance I’ve cited below, he splits the audience in half and gives each half an opportunity to shine, without making it feel too much like a competition. Trying to get a whole crowd chanting all at once is sometimes difficult, especially in smaller venues. By dividing the crowd up (whether it be by age, gender, or even the color of people’s clothing), you make it more accessible for the crowd to jump in, giving them a bit of incentive.
Performance to watch: Take a listen to Paul McCartney (and his crowd), sing “Hey Jude” live at Hyde Park.