Sir Paul rocks Great American Ball Park
Posted: Aug 04, 2011 10:06 PM EST Updated: Aug 04, 2011 10:35 PM EST
By Stefano DiPietrantonio
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
The man, the legend, Paul McCartney brought down the house at Great American Ball Park Thursday night, to a packed house of rock and roll fans.
It's the biggest concert of the year in Cincinnati and Sir Paul did not disappoint. He played for nearly three hours and close to 40 songs.
He opened his set with a warm welcome to the Queen City, even wearing a red jacket in homage to our Cincinnati Reds.
"Wooooh!," let out Sir Paul as he took the mic to a stadium of screaming fans.
"Thank you! Good evening Cincinnati!," he bellowed.
This is his second British invasion since the early 90's.
"Great to be back!," he said with a big smile. "I'm getting the feeling we're going to have a little bit of fun here tonight!"
Helaine Witt didn't get enough of his New York appearance recently, so she and a group of friends hopped on a plane.
"From Queens to the Queen City, yes!," she said, then pointed to her t-shirt, which had a photo of Paul on it.
"May 12th, 1968 at 11:30 in the morning," Witt remembered vividly. "My friend and I knew that John and Paul were going to be walking around Central Park."
She snapped the photo on her shirt and became pals with two of the Fab Four.
"And they posed in Central Park at the Hans Christian Anderson statue," she said beaming. "Did you get to shake their hand or say hi? What did they say to you?," we asked. "Well, we walked with them, we were talking about things and then when I went to England that summer on a student boat, John already knew me and introduced me to Yoko."
Paul and Band dazzled the crowd with Beatles staples like,"All My Loving" and later hits like "Jets" with his band Wings.
His crew took over Great American Ball Park for the week, so he tipped his hat and his coat to the hometown team.
"Check the jacket!," McCartney said holding one of the lapels out. "Home of the Reds!"
Fans poured-in the second the gates opened, some sporting McCartney Tour shirts, or one woman's vintage buttons from the 60's, which read, "In case of emergency, call Paul or Ringo", even cookies with Sir Paul's mug on them. Fans were definitely eating this concert up.
The Queen City is the 8th and final stop on McCartney's ,"On The Run", tour. This was his first appearance in Cincinnati, since he rocked out Riverfront Stadium back in 1993.
We caught-up with one lucky fan, who got to see and hear Sir Paul and she bought the very first ticket when they went on-sale at Great American Ball Park.
Jenny Girdler of Finneytown has been a fan all her life.
"At 4-years-old and singing on a swing set, 'She's Got A Ticket To Ride'," she laughed.
So, when she scored the very first tickets to Paul McCartney's show, she decided to go all out.
"I'm not front row," she said. "But I was the first in line to get a ticket, and I'm as close as I could possibly be and I'm more excited than you can imagine."
She decided she needed a little something extra.
"I'm gonna shine," she giggled. "Had the teeth done and everything."
Stylist Cori Leinhart worked her magic at Mitchell's Salon & Day Spa Tri-County.
"I'll be the shining star out on the field!," she said beaming.
"I'm completely over the moon," she said sighing. "I've not slept, I've got nine grandchildren, other than watching my grandchildren being born and my kids and getting married, this is the day I never thought would happen."
A bunch of her family, from California to Dayton to here in Cincinnati were all coming together.
"We're all in different sections but we're all going to be there together," she said.
It's been her lifetime dream, growing-up listening to the Beatles and loving their music.
A few snips here, a few foils there.
"This is all for Paul McCartney!," she cried. "Oh my God!"
A little spritzing on top and then blow it all out, her hair looked perfect.
"And we're just gonna have a blast!," she said smiling from ear to ear.
"Cincinnati!," announced her niece. "Introducing my Aunt Jenny!"
And out of the hallway emerged a freshly coiffed Jenny, ready for her concert debut.
"All ready for Paul!," she giggled.
McCartney belted-out some 40 songs before the night was done. A spectacular evening at Great American Ball Park.
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