Friday, June 28, 2013

Paul McCartney Raises Bar at Bonnaroo

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
Arguably the most epic headlining act in the history of Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival was Sir Paul McCartney, playing Friday night at this year’s event.  Bonnaroo always has a way to go over the top in many aspects, especially in the magnitude of performances.  It seems like every year has a way of outdoing the year before, and this year was no different.  Sir Paul and his band came onstage to a cram packed crowd of seventy thousand or so screaming fans on the What Stage.  The performance from this 71 year old (70 at the time) was nothing short of magical.  Supporting McCartney was Rusty Anderson on lead guitar, Abe Laboriel Jr. on drums, Paul Wickens on keys and Brian Ray on rhythm guitar and bass.  McCartney cycled through playing his Höfner 500/1 bass, acoustic guitar and piano.  Over the course of two and a half hours, this group of powerhouse legends played 38 songs, the majority of which came from The Beatles’ and Wings’ repertoires.  They played all of the best and biggest hits that Sir Paul has been a part of from the past five decades.  The fans in the crowd knew every single one.  There were so many highlights from the show, including Highlights from the main segment of the show included “Eleanor Rigby,” “Hey Jude,” and “Back in the U.S.S.R.” among numerous others. 

Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney at Bonnaroo Music Festival

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Monster Energy Drink Rockapalooza

Monster Energy Drink Rockapalooza 2013
Jackson County Fair Grounds
200 West Ganson Street, Jackson, Michigan

Rockapalooza was very easy to locate following the fairground signs gave us worry free driving to the festival.  There was plenty of parking at and around the fairgrounds.  The only worry we had was the weather forecast for forty percent chance of thundershowers.

Michigan weather held out for the total show which was a relief.  As you travel to the entrance you see concert goers young and old alike.  As you see the children you can’t help but think, “One of them could be a future rock star inspired by the festivals.”
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