Take it from a guy who’s been there – you don’t wanna miss McCartney


Thank goodness for those times in life when others prevent us from making a mistake, or in my case from repeating a mistake.

If you’re planning on seeing Paul McCartney in concert at Dickies Arena on May 17 and you don’t have a ticket yet, what are you waiting for? Believe me, if you love big performances, this will be one of the best music purchases you’ll ever make.

I understand your hesitation, however, I do understand it. I was there before. Fortunately, as I said, I was saved from making the same mistake twice.

Years ago, when McCartney played at Jerry World, aka AT&T Stadium, a former colleague asked me if I wanted to go see the concert with him. I succeeded, without really thinking about it.

One of the reasons I gave: the tickets were too expensive. Now I’ve paid loads of money for concert tickets, like the two times I saw Elton John (and again when I see him in September at the giant George Foreman Grill, aka Globe Life Field).

For some reason that I now realize bordering on insane, seeing McCartney in concert wasn’t high on my list. I’m not even sure if it’s in the middle of my list. Of course, I always realized his greatness but even though I loved his music and that of the Beatles, I never saw myself listening for a few hours and spending all that money.

Then came the spring of 2019. Sir Paul came to Globe Life Park (not to be confused with the aforementioned new home of the Texas Rangers). My best friend managed to get incredibly cheap tickets – I mean cheaper than a few people dining at the Golden Corral; cheaper than a Yugo (Google, kids).

I didn’t ask where he got them, but Mark – even though he’s not quite Abe Lincoln – is an honest guy, so I was convinced everything was legal. I said, What the hell!

It just turned out to be one of the greatest concerts I’ve ever seen, and I’ve seen a lot of them. From a plethora of performances at the legendary Red Rocks of Colorado to a live radio show in 1984 at the Cotton Bowl as part of Bruce Springsteen’s “Born in the USA Tour,” I’m proud of my gigging resume.

Thank God I was saved from repeating my previous mistake. McCartney’s show was just brilliant from start to finish.

that he was playing Runaway group Where Jet from his Wings days. Where Return to the USSR and Helter SkelTer from his glory days with the Beatles, the joint rocked in a way that would make the late Stevie Ray Vaughn his proudest. When he slowed down for Yesterday Where So be it there was complete silence as the audience was mesmerized by the moment.

The memory of every cell phone in the dark stadium lighting up when he was singing Hey Jude still gives me chills. (Remember when we lit up concert halls with lighters – how did we ever get away with this fire hazard?)

This concert was in a large stadium that had over 50,000 people in attendance. Dickies Arena has less than a third of that, so I can’t wait to see what the show will be like in a much more intimate setting – even though my imagination is already spinning so fast that I’m exhausting myself trying to master it.

Will you have another chance to see McCartney? Not on this tour unless you are doing it in another state; Fort Worth is his only stopover in Texas.

Plus, he’ll be 80 this summer. And even though he seems to be in better shape than a lot of people who are half his age, well, why push your luck?

Sure, he might turn 90, but he might also decide it’s time to fish a little more.

Are there better things to spend your money on? Well, I wouldn’t skip paying your electric bill or your car to get there, if that’s what you’re asking. But if you have the money to spend on entertainment, a Paul McCartney concert is about as good as it gets.

Also, to use a cliché, we only live once. Make the most of it. Someone I know rarely leaves home because, as he says, everything he wants to see, he sees on TV.

Wrong. Nothing beats the experience of being there, whether it’s New York, Paris, the Rockies, a Broadway play or one of your favorite musicians in concert. But, hey, when he decides to stay home, that means there’s a seat for me in the real action.

Fort Worth, I hope you realize how special this is and what a compliment one of the greatest musicians of all time gives you. He hasn’t played in Cowtown since 1976, when he and Wings came to the Tarrant County Convention Center.

He could have chosen Dallas and the American Airlines Center for this year’s 13-city Got Back Tour. I’ve seen concerts there, and it’s a good place to see one. Sure, he could have gone to Jerry World or Globe Life Park.

But Sir Paul chose Fort Worth and Dickies Arena. It’s a tribute not only to Fort Worth’s growing popularity – growth being a key word as we approach one million people – but also to the fantastic job the city and Dickies Arena are doing to turn the once languid Panther City into an entertainment mecca.

There are other great concerts and events coming to Dickies this year. But with all due respect, McCartney is the crown jewel of the calendar.

And this time my wife, the charming Junell, will accompany me. She passed up her chance to see McCartney in 2019, and being the smartest in the family, the odds of her making the same mistake twice are about the same as Paris Hilton’s odds of winning an acting Oscar.

So, yes, she will be by my side as McCartney rocks Dickies Arena like she hasn’t been shaken in her short history, and maybe never will be again. She’ll get the T-shirt, I’ll get a kiss for doing something good half a dozen times this year (trust me, she matters), and it will go down as another memorable moment in our lives together.

We may see you there. You can thank me for guiding you to a night you won’t forget.

Rick Mauch writes regularly for the Fort Worth Business Press, contributing articles on a variety of topics ranging from small business to entertainment to sports.


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