Petrak: Life lessons from a Paul McCartney concert
By Lynn Petrak
JULY 27, 2017
In the 1980s, my mother had a dog-eared copy of "Everything I Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten." It was a best-seller, mostly because it was apt and sweet.
I don't know if this is sweet, but it might just be apt: I think I could pen a book on "Everything I Need to Know I Have Seen at a Concert."
I recently had the pleasure of attending a Paul McCartney concert in Tinley Park. It's the fifth time my husband and I have seen Sir Paul, because both of us grew up loving and being influenced by his music. (Side note: I think it counts that I grew up with Wings albums, not the Beatles, because of my older sister, doesn't it?)
After a two and a half hour trek to get to the Hollywood Casino Amphitheater, we made it in the show, where I spent about three hours listening to a 75-year-old legend act more spry than I do on a good day and noticing various aspects of a sea of humanity gathered for a great event under the stars.
Here's what I learned:
• Teenagers need to be managed. The parking lot was so backed up because there were a bunch of unsupervised teenage staff at the venue standing around trying to look busy rather than help direct cars, which is why the lot was chaos by the time we finally made it in.
When I lowered my window to tell them they weren't doing a good job of directing people, given the fact that the line behind us was miles long and we were already late to the concert, the girl gave me the middle finger.
• Despite the flurry of activity as parents, there are moments you remember how much you love your spouse, like in the middle of "Maybe I'm Amazed" or "Yesterday."
Paul McCartney performs at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in Tinley Park on Tuesday, July 25, 2017. (Chris Sweda/Chicago Tribune)
• There will always be jerks — and people who stand up for courtesy. I think Paul said some funny things when talking about his history with the Rolling Stones, but I'm not sure because I couldn't hear it thanks to a real loudmouth behind me.
Neither could anyone around him, which is why a nice older gentlemen finally asked him to either stop shouting at the top of his lungs or go stand where patrons weren't trying to actually listen to the concert. The guy clammed up, and I shot the stand-up man a grateful nod.
• Something can be fake and real, which can apply to all kinds of things in today's climate and discourse. Although I had a view of Paul at the piano on stage, I kept watching the monitor. It wasn't real, but it wasn't exactly fake — like a lot of things in life.
• Go to the bathroom before you get there.
• Savor beautiful summer nights in the Chicago area while they're here.
• You'll overpay for things if you really like them and you won't pay if you don't need them. Like an $18 margarita in a plastic cup and a $45 concert tank top, respectively.
• Say thank you. Paul thanked his band, crew and the audience at the end.
Finally, to borrow a Beatles turn of phrase and the last line of the concert, "And in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make."
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Sir Paul McCartney demanded only vegan food sold at concert
Jul 27, 2017
Sir Paul McCartney reportedly "demanded" that only vegan food was sold at his concert in Tinley Park on Wednesday (07.26.17) evening.
The 75-year-old rocker - who has been a longtime animal activist - has followed a vegetarian lifestyle for years, so it was hardly surprising that he requested that the only grub served up in the concourse of his gig in Illinois was meat free and dairy free.
A fan called Emily - who goes by the handle plantifulemily - took to her Twitter account during the concert last night to post a screenshot of a text that her parents, who attended the gig, had sent her of the compassionate menu on display at the event.
The delicious food on offer included buffalo cauliflower and fries ($12), vegan chili fries ($8) and vegan nacho grande ($10.50) as well as a bottle of red wine for $37.00.
Emily accompanied the shot with the caption: "my parents are at the Paul McCartney concert and he demanded that there only be vegan food, king! (sic)"
And this isn't the first time the Beatles legend has tried to encourage other people to follow a vegetarian diet as he previously banned animal food products from his rider.
The meat-free demands were reportedly part of the terms and conditions of Paul playing in the province of Saskatchewan in Canada in 2013 - meaning he wouldn't perform unless show organisers confirmed no meat would be eaten backstage.
He also made a similar demand in 2002 when he was on his 'Driving' USA tour as he said he didn't want any furniture in his dressing room to be made of animals.
It reportedly said: "It is crucial you do not provide furniture made of any animal skin or print. Do not provide artificial versions of animal skin or print either. Only animal free materials are excepted. (cottons, denims, velour, etc.)"
This article originally ran on celebretainment.com.
Paul McCartney July 25 2017