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by Sean Dillon posted Oct 3 2014 12:31AM
I know I missed a couple of songs on here but here is the list that I was able to keep track of, plus what I was thinking while he was playing...

“Eight Days a Week” – and AWAY we go! He may have been nearly an hour late but the electricity is palpable!
??? - New Album song.
“All My Loving” – I think I annoyed the kids when I told them that the lyrics weren’t “All my tonguing” like they were singing it.
“Listen to What the Man Said”
“Let Me Roll It”
Jimi Hendrix tribute - Impressed that Jimi learned Sgt. Peppers!

The best part of the concert so far is the conversation that he has with his fans. It's a "let's have fun , I'll play you some music and tell you some stories along the way." So we came along for the ride...

“Paperback Writer”
“My Valentine”
“1985” – EVERYTIME I hear this song, I want him to immediately go into Band on the Run.

“The Long and Winding Road”
“Maybe I’m Amazed” – he can still tickle the ivories
“I’ve Just Seen a Face”

Talking about Buddy Holly and the Crickets’ and how they influenced him.
B7 ;-)
“It’s So Easy”

“We Can Work It Out”
“Another Day”
“And I Love Her” - I actually sent my wife a text telling her that I loved her as he sang this.
“Blackbird” as he soared high above the crowd.
“Queenie Eye” – Kids next to me was surprised that everyone kept yelling OUT! "Where did that piano come from?"

“Lady Madonna” – Stunning graphics on the video as he played.
“All Together Now”… all together now…

“Lovely Rita” – for some reason, I’ve never liked this song.

New song – taunted fans that they videoed the old stuff but not the new stuff. HA!
“Eleanor Rigby”
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (Life goes on)
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”
“Let It Be”
“Live and Let Die” – Where he kicked to a gear never seen before EVER in Lubbock!
“Hey Jude” – obvious ‘closing song’

1st Encore
“Day Tripper” – Surprised that he came back with this one.
“Hi Hi Hi”
“Get Back”

2nd Encore
“Yesterday” – had a bet that he would end the 1st encore with this one.
“Helter Skelter” – Again he shocked me by pulling out this great track!
“Golden Slumbers”
“Carry That Weight”
“The End” – perfect ending until he was handed, brought over a stuffed longhorn. BAD Sir Paul!!! BAD, BAD, BAD!
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by Sean Dillon posted Jul 28 2014 4:52PM

You have been warned... Who is it? Can't say, but we would really like you to keep August 25th open on your calendars.

No, Freedman doesn't know yet...
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by Sean Dillon posted Jul 22 2014 9:40AM
I’m a person who believes in leaving things where they lie. Don’t stir up trouble unless it needs to be stirred up.  Recently I was in a restaurant when two people came in to play the game, “I’m better than everyone else.” This is the game where they flaunt their wealth, their knowledge and their ignorance.

From discussing how they “really didn’t need to work, but if they didn’t,” they would spend “all day watching the maid clean,” to how “ignorant people are allowing this country to fall,” to snidely talking about the waitress, “I don’t care about her short hair or her tattoos.” They filled the room with their tripe.

All people could do was stare. “Why don’t you go over there and tell them off,” a friend of mine asked me.  My response floored him.
“Why should I go down to their level? They are in a hell of their own choosing. There is a wonderful world out there with people I want to meet, want to help and need my love. These people are hateful gossipmongers that have a sad life to lead, and I don’t need their bile in my life.”

All he could do is stare. Maybe the haters heard what I said, because the shortly left thereafter. I can only help the people that want help and deserve help. Those who are ignorant and hateful…

Screw em.
by Sean Dillon posted Jul 11 2014 11:45AM
It'll be scorching according to Climate Central who says:

If it feels hot to you now in the dog days of this summer, imagine a time when summertime Boston starts feeling like Miami and even Montana sizzles. Thanks to climate change, that day is coming by the end of the century, making it harder to avoid simmering temperatures. In fact, by the end of this century, summers in most of the 1,001 cities we analyzed will feel like summers now in Texas and Florida (in temperatures only, not humidity). And in Texas, most cities are going to feel like the hottest cities now in the Lone Star State, or will feel more like Phoenix and Gilbert in Arizona, among the hottest summer cities in the U.S. today.

I'm not sure I want it to feel like Laredo every day in Lubbock. No sir... I just don't like it.

Check it out here
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by Sean Dillon posted Jul 4 2014 12:16PM
After enjoying announcing yet another 4th on Broadway parade, I can tell you that this city turns out like no other for fun.

The 4th on Broadway parade was an incredible success due to those who take the time to volunteer for others.

The walkers and parade floats that come down Broadway with people excited to see them, the food vendors, some of which have been cooking since 8P the previous night, and finally the volunteers for 4th on Broadway who come together to make this parade and street fair a success.

Kudos to you all.

Next year is the 25th anniversary... I'm going to be proud to announce it, make sure that you are there.  It'll be worth it!
by Sean Dillon posted Jun 3 2014 12:58PM
On the way to work I got to see that wonderful Lubbock driver. The one that is driving too fast, weaving in and out of lanes and being a danger to all of us on the roads in my rear view mirror. As he tried to pass me on the one open lane of the road he slammed on the brakes, as if he was more important than all of us. There is nothing THAT important where he had to be going 80 mph on the Loop access road.

I could see him flipping me off in the mirror and I laughed. Not just a chuckle but a full belly laugh.  I turned my car to the shoulder and let him speed by.

Right into the speed trap set up by the Lubbock Police.

In my mind as I got to work he was enjoying a full cavity search for being such an ass.

Drive friendly or else enjoy the consequences.
by Sean Dillon posted May 21 2014 1:42AM
The weather people are teasing us with a prediction of up to 2 inches of rain. I would love that but not sure the ground could soak it up. How bout we make a deal meteorologists.  You find a weather pattern that will dump 2" of rain over a weekand we will thank you. Right now I have my windows open looking outside and praying for rain.

It's coming...

Any miinute now.
by Sean Dillon posted May 3 2014 10:30AM
Ah, Lemonade Day. A great effort by people around the country to teach our children the joys of owning their own business.  Teaching them to save some, share some and spend some.  I can already tell on my way to work today what kind of future we have.

Stand #1 - Nice sign "Lemonade Stand - $1" with a kid in a TIE in front of his house. Mom was watching from the porch. Spent $1 with him. Was polite and asked me if I had drank 3 glasses of lemonade yet. Told him no, he was the first. "Well, there are plenty of great stands out there or you can come back and drink 2 more glasses. I won't mind."  Proud of this kid. No hard sell. Probably will throw him a fiver on my way home. I see this kid as a business owner in the future. Also getting beat up a lot (lose the tie, you're nine.)

Stand #2 - People , family, friends surround this lemonade stand with signs that say "DELICIOUS LEMONADE" , "Buy 4 glasses, get the 5th free," and my favorite one of all, "How can you just drive by?"  But I was almost late for work and the kid had a line, with a red carpet leading up to the stand... with a bouncer.  So I drove by. This kid will own a nightclub.

Stand #3 - This was the one that I can see the most interesting future for. The stand had nice signs all over the place with friends helping direct people to the line.  They had sign up sheets to notify me where he was going to be in the future. But what made me interested the most was his brother who had a stand across the street. I could tell they were related because the poor younger brother was by himself.

Also because one of the older brothers friends had a sign that said, "My younger brothers lemonaid was made with Swamp Ass water. Mine uses double filtrated ionic water."

I went over and threw the kid by himself a fiver. 

Because when you have a future congressman as a brother, you need all the help you can get.
by Sean Dillon posted Apr 16 2014 10:45AM
It will be the concert event that EVERY classic rocker is going to want to go to.  When Ringo Starr and his All Star Band came into Amarillo, I grabbed the original Rockforce 1 and bought tickets to the show. I was not going to miss an opportunity to miss one of the legends of Classic Rock. I have the same feeling in my gut right now.

June 14th United Spirit Arena.  McCartney.  One Night Only.

Paul has wanted to play Lubbock many times as he is a huge Buddy Holly fan, but routing and timing would never coincide.

This show is a YOU BETTER BE IN THE HOSPITAL SICK kinda show.

Remember the old days where you would stand in line / camp out for tickets. 

This is the show I would do that for.



June 14 - Lubbock, TX - United Spirit Arena 

$250/ $165/ $89.50/ $59.50


Lubbock Area  SELECT-A-SEAT outlets


Following an incredible 2013 which saw Paul McCartney’s universally acclaimed Out There tour launch in Brazil and visit 23 cities across South America, Europe, North America and Japan, Paul has confirmed another half dozen dates on the 2014 U.S. Out There tour. Kicking off next week in Uruguay, and tearing through Chile, Peru, Ecuador and Costa Rica, as well as Paul's return to Japan and debut in Korea, the upcoming Out There 2014 world tour will now 10 confirmed US shows.

* Paul will open the 2014 U.S. leg of the tour on June 14 with his first ever appearance in the hometown of his beloved Buddy Holly, playing the United Spirit Arena in Lubbock TX.

The Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, as Paul performs songs spanning his entire career–as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list will also include material from Paul’s most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release last year.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. The last decade has seen Paul and his band perform in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow’s Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul’s band of the last 10+ years–Paul “Wix” Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)–the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul’s shows attract a multi generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2014 got off to an incredible start for Paul as he set a personal career best by winning an incredible five GRAMMY Awards in one night. In the UK he was honored by music bible NME with a special one off award, the ‘Songwriter’s Songwriter Award’ chosen for this unique accolade by his fellow peers.

Tickets for the Lubbock show go on sale Friday, April 25 at 10 a.m. through Select-a-Seat of Lubbock at  www.selectaseatlubbock.com, by phone at 806-770-2000 or toll-free 1-800-735-1288, and at all Lubbock area Select-a-Seat outlets (Civic Center box office, TTU Student Union box office, Dollar Western Wear, Ralph’s Records and Tapes, and United Supermarkets). Ticketing fees apply. Ticket prices subject to change up to the on sale date.

Select-a-Seat is the only authorized ticket vendor.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Monday, April 21 at 10 a.m. through Thursday, April 24 at 10 p.m., www.selectaseatlubbock.com.






“Two songs into the first of two shows at the Erwin Center, Paul McCartney announced, ‘we are going to have a party here tonight.’ For three hours on Wednesday night, McCartney fueled that party with a mix of hits from his days with the Beatles and his later career with Wings, showing off his skill as a writer of both simple, poignant ballads and more complex rock pieces… left the crowd alternating between singalong and awe… a big, joyous trip.”


“The still ‘cute’ Beatle played 38 songs in two hours and 45 minutes Thursday night at the Erwin Center. McCartney, not rock & roll, may be the universal language… You may only ever see Paul McCartney live once, but it’ll define a once-in-a-lifetime experience.”


“Thanks to his unparalleled repertoire, his miraculously still-marvelous voice, and the skills of his crackerjack, four-man backing band, even the most intimate moments – a delicate, solo acoustic ‘Blackbird’ or the chills-inducing ‘Eleanor Rigby’ – were as captivating as brawny, spectacle-assisted rockers like ‘Back in the U.S.S.R.’”


“McCartney packed his latest Fenway show – he sold the park out twice in 2009 – with Beatles classics, Wings hits, and a few odd nuggets… The legend did so many things well it’s hard to find an entry point… There was hugging, there were tears, there was a 35,000-strong singalong. Everyone knew the epics were coming, everyone knew they would be cathartic. But this guy born in 1942 – this working-class Liverpool lad who’s been playing some of these songs for 50 years (!) – made us feel the love.”


“For three sweaty hours and two encores, fans got to bask in the presence of a legend who seemed genuinely glad to be there, and who still commands the star power to drive a crowd of nearly 44,000 giddy with the smallest gesture.”


“… dazzling show of enduring hits… McCartney didn’t hesitate to salute the American music that shaped his career”


“… the Beatles legend left a capacity crowd buzzing… McCartney’s concert at the arena reaffirmed his place as the popular champion… a nearly 40-song, three-hour set of Beatles classics, rarities, tributes and favorites from his Wings and solo catalog, a truly epic and awe-inspiring performance.”


“… though the show was dominated by classics from several different periods of the 50-odd years this remarkable artist/icon has been performing, there was no oldies-show aura to any of it… McCartney’s refusal to age or to go gentle into dilapitude or obsolescence is uncanny. His lithe and youthful appearance was matched on Sunday night by his seemingly undiminished stage energy.”


“McCartney treated the crowd… the largest attendance for a non-baseball event in Miller Park history, to 38 songs and nearly three hours of material… including a handful of songs – including ‘Another Day’ and the playfully simple ‘All Together Now’ – McCartney said weren’t performed before this tour.”


“It’s amazing that, with a catalogue more exposed and beloved than any of the last 50 years, McCartney could find something fresh to give fans. It’s equally unlikely, and pleasing, that… he could deliver these songs with such verve and verisimilitude.”


“Paul McCartney played a tight and polished headlining show Friday at the Bonnaroo festival… He sounded strong and energized… It was a bit like a performance from a head of state, and the enormous crowd held its respect through nearly all of it: walking against the flow of faces, you saw a remarkable kind of quiet concentration… In a scene where music from different stages is always competing in the air, sometimes aggressively, your ear gravitates toward these kinds of musicians, who seem to be giving you something rather than selling it.”


“Paul McCartney is always up for a challenge. His two-hour-and-40-minute set was also a model of efficiency, barely breaking between songs for more than a few words of banter or a quick story… what made his show memorable were the songs – and the chance to see McCartney himself. It doesn’t get much more rock and roll than that.”


“Opening with the 1964 Beatles’ classic, ‘Eight Days A Week,’ Paul brought the energy throughout his three-hour set, playing an expansive mix of Beatles, Wings and solo material.”


“At its heart, every McCartney performance is a reminder of the unmatched inspiration and influence of timeless Beatles music, the soundtrack of a band that legitimately changed the world…the show was a testament to McCartney’s own longevity… a legend, one of the rare pop musicians to really deserve that over-used title.”


“There are certain things you expect from an arena show (glitz/glam), and there are certain things you expect from a music legend (hits/banter)… the show crazy-delivered on both counts… Sir Paul bested even his FX team with rocking, fearless vocals… McCartney’s fans were a mix of old and young. He blew kisses to all of them throughout the show; I swear, you could see them floating like little hearts through the neon lights. I had the pleasure of sitting across the aisle from an actual screaming teenage girl, who bobbed and cried and shrieked, her phone overhead pumping it repeatedly. She wore braces and at one point shook so hard, her orthodontic wax fell on the floor… even a music legend can continue giving his fans something extra… there was nothing to do but love McCartney do.”


(BONNAROO) “Seeing the 70-year-old Beatle, whose voice has hardly aged a day since Please Please Me, play universally loved, time-transcending staples like ‘Let It Be,’ ‘Eight Days a Week’ and ‘Yesterday’ – selections from inarguably the most influential song book in pop music history – in 2013 (and all in their original keys!) is like being able to go see Abraham Lincoln deliver the Gettysburg Address in person. It’s a privilege for anyone born in the last half century to hear this music performed live, in the moment, and with such grace, by the man who composed them. That wasn’t lost on the 80,000-or-so elated festivalgoers that congregated for Macca’s extraordinary performance… the single greatest Bonnaroo headlining performance in the festival’s 12-year history, as it was moment after awesome moment of fever-pitched collective transcendence. ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Maybe I’m Amazed,’ ‘Band on the Run,’ ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Something; (played in tribute to George Harrison), ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘We Can Work It Out,’ ‘Hey Jude’ – to have not gotten swept up in and invigorated by the life-affirming celebration would be an outright rejection of joy… Now the question is, how will Bonnaroo ever top this?”

(OUTSIDE LANDS) “… the biggest fireworks at Outside Lands’ opening ceremony – literally and figuratively – came with the day’s anchor act… Paul McCartney. Some fans found the performance cathartic. Some cried. Others had wide smiles from start to finish. Nearly everyone understood the weight of Sir Paul tearing soulfully through Beatles and Wings numbers with the conviction of the person who wrote those songs – ‘Blackbird,’ ‘Paperback Writer,’ ‘Hey Jude,’ ‘Eleanor Rigby,’ ‘Let It Be,’ and so on and so forth – which, individually and collectively, helped shape our very idea of rock & roll… moved virtually every single person in the field, including security guards and food vendors.”

(BARCLAYS CENTER, BROOKLYN) “It’s nearly impossible to feel anything but excitement watching McCartney play many of the greatest rock songs ever written, and he’s careful to bring more than a few surprises each time he comes around… McCartney clearly lives for this. Crazy as it sounds, he very well might pull a Chuck Berry and still be at this late into his eighties. Why the hell not?”


“… a moment in history… Sir Paul McCartney played to a sold-out crowd of 47,000 people at Safeco Field on Friday… There won’t be a more historic concert in Seattle this year than Paul McCartney’s show on Friday night. That was a given even before McCartney came on stage, as it was Safeco’s first-ever concert. But McCartney made it a night for the ages by playing an inspired set of mostly Beatles songs, and ending with a Nirvana reunion, of sorts… It was magnificent.”


“… one of the best I’ve seen… nothing short of a fan’s dream. This was about as close to perfect as it gets. McCartney himself remains a force of nature… he has clearly inherited the mantle of ‘world’s oldest teenager.’”


“Last night in Golden Gate Park, tens of thousands of people sang along… The words, the melodies, and the voice carrying them arrived like a burst of long-captive air — familiar, yet revelatory. Soul-stirring, even… sung by Paul McCartney, who for the first night of Outside Lands 2013 took a sold-out San Francisco audience back to one of pop music’s original supernovas, and let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… Sir Paul can still sing, still play, and still charm… So the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply — Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”


“He gave his fans what they came for, with a set including nearly three dozen hits over 2½ hours. Fans shot to their feet, clapping and cheering, twisting and singing, as McCartney blasted into ‘Eight Days a Week.’ Grown women cried. Their husbands held them tight as McCartney let loose the soundtrack of rock ‘n’ roll history… His voice strong, his stature strait-backed, the affable British Invasion pioneer thanked the crowd for the warm welcome… A woman handed a packet of tissues down an aisle, eyes moist. Down the aisle it went until it was nearly empty.”


“McCartney sends all his loving to D.C. audience, and they send it back… There he was, 71 years old and forever young, presiding over another evening of civic ecstasy on another American ball field. And the guy made it all look so easy-breezy, with sly grins, and knowing nods, and four backing musicians who summoned big sounds with calm assurance.”


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