Paul McCartney (Photo courtesy the artist)
Mick Jagger once told Rolling Stone magazine that the Rolling Stones ultimately “won” in any battle with the Beatles because his group continued to record longer.
But after seeing Paul McCartney and the Rolling Stones perform this year, I think it’s hard to agree with that assessment in 2013. Whereas strained relations between Jagger and Keith Richards made for an occasionally lackluster Stones performance in my view, McCartney was simply riding high in his performance at Nationals Park on Friday, July 12, for his “Out There” tour.
For the size of the stage, McCartney’s five-piece band, including himself on guitar, seemed elegantly and effectively simple for the scope of the sold-out ballpark. Wry and earnest, McCartney charged through a catalog of songs by the Beatles, Wings and himself with incredible charm, skill and workmanship.
‘Paul on the Jumbotron’
courtesy of ‘ameschen’
The Library of Congress has “come together” to honor former Beatle, Sir Paul McCartney, with their 3rd annual Gershwin Prize for Popular Song that “celebrates the work of an artist whose career reflects lifetime achievement in promoting song as a vehicle of musical expression and cultural understanding.” The prize commemorates American composers and brothers George and Ira Gershwin who complete catalogs are managed by the Library of Congress.
“It’s hard to think of another performer and composer who has had a more indelible and transformative effect on popular song and music of several different genres than Paul McCartney,” said James H. Billington, librarian of Congress.
McCartney will return to DC to accept the award next spring and is honored to accept the prize due to his admiration of the Gershwin songbook.
An all-star line-up of a tribute concert in his honor is scheduled to take place. No further details have been made public yet.
Previous winners of the Gershwin Prize include Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder.
Thievery Corporation by maxedaperture
Thanks to Thievery Corporation’s Facebook page and the Going Out Gurus, it looks like one of DC’s best groups will be DJing a set before the Paul McCartney concert at FedEx Field on Saturday. I love Thievery and all, but does anyone else think this is a strange combination, much like mixing beer and Altoids? Who knows, maybe Moby will open for Springsteen some day. Stranger things have happened.