SOOO, I'm still high off my McCartney show,
I'd like to share my whole ordeal just for this special night!
On June 9th, I received an email from PaulMcCartney.com stating that his "On the Run" tour starts off in, no other than, NYC! I was elated, excited, AND AMAZED that Paul McCartney will be playing in New York again, but in a different stadium!
I've never been to Yankee Stadium prior to this, so this was a reason to go there!
Since I'm broke, I couldn't get the seats that the a Paul McCartney fan would want.
Almost every single day I had to check CraigsList, eBay, and StubHub to see if there were any tickets I could afford. I also dreamt to find tickets on the floor within 10 rows of the stage for a reasonable, affordable price.
I kept checking ticket broker & reseller sites, but all you could see were floor seats in the THOUSANDS. Who could afford to pay $10,000 for a first row seat? NOT ME.
I even had a Yankee Pre-sale pass code that someone gave to me who was a season ticket holder. I couldn't use it. For the reasons you know why!
As soon as I knew about the concert, I quickly tuned into the local Rock Station 104.3 and Oldies Station 101.1
104.3 was giving out tickets and I was DETERMINED to win! How determined? I used a cell phone, my home phone, my mom, and even got JP Walrus to dial in for me! Whenever you heard a clip of Paul saying "Win to see me at Yankee Stadium" you had to call! Well, I tried and tried. And tried and tried. JP almost got through because he heard a ringing but no one answered! :( So gave up on that.
101.1 was also giving out tickets every "Beatles Wednesday" to the 11th caller after hearing a live version of a Paul McCartney song. I needed to win this one! But, so the story goes... I wasn't lucky enough! I was even almost devastated when I found out I was caller 4! Ugh, my lucky number fab four didn't even get me to be caller 11.
I knew I had to turn to the reseller and broker sites after not being able to win tickets.
One person was selling "(2) First row tickets" for $250--or was it for $500? Sadie and I got so excited about this because we were fantasizing about going together and seeing Paul in Yankee Stadium in the first row! Unfortunately, this guy was a scammer, so that broke our dreams down a bit.
I should also mention I even posted on CraigsList seeing if anyone had tickets to give for free!
Well, the big day was almost approaching. I HAD to get tickets. It would also have been nice to have someone come with me. Sadly, my mom had to work and I really don't have any Beatley friends to join me for this event...
I wished that my online Beatle Buddies lived near me, cuz we'd have so much fun together!
I was even wondering if Beatle Bob could possibly join me (most people sell tickets by the pair), or if I could possibly find 2 spare tickets that anyone has who can give them away for free.
Then, I saw some low bids on some tickets on eBay. I decided to bid on a few, then I won 1! I was SOO Excited Because I KNEW I HAD TO GO... I met up with the seller and got the ticket!
Even holding the ticket in my hand felt unreal! All Paul shows to me seemed like a dream, more than real life!
Later on, I got an email from someone who had a free ticket to give away. I wish I could have been in two seats at once!
I eventually decided to give away or sell the ticket that I had won off eBay. I wanted to go for Free or probably end up staying home because I had already seen Paul about 4 or 5x and actually save my money on possibly a future floor seat or just to pay bills!
I was either thinking to give it to someone who's never seen Paul before, or a needy Paul fan, or just someone that I know would have fun. I actually got back my money's worth after trading it to a girl.
One note, I made a post on CraigsList saying if anyone could tell me how much of a big Paul/Beatles fan they are, I could probably give them my ticket for free. I had a few emails, but 1 stuck out the most. I also got a warning about giving away a ticket for free. The warning was that this person who also gave away tickets before had gotten in trouble for doing that around the stadium and one time gave a ticket to an old man, WHO, in a distasteful manner, reSOLD the tickets to other guys, WHO eventually gotten in trouble for being really rowdy and rude!
The nicer email was this law student, who states that he's broke, but works fulltime? has fond memories of his dad playing Beatles records for him as a child... and that each song brings those memories alive again, and even a girlfriend he had named Julia coincided with Julia, his favorite song.
The rest of the emails I received were only 2 sentences. They also write that they were young. I don't think 33 years old is that young to be a Beatles fan! haha, no age is too young to be a fan!
I even saw Piper, the dancing cowboy -- you can see him on the "Good Evening Tonight" DVD. He dances wildly & freely throughout Paul's songs. I even chatted with him when I sent him a good luck message when I found his post looking for a ticket on CraigsList.
What was weird... is that I thought I've seen this woman and man before... and after a while, I was thinking they were Margie and Luke (the mother-son team/season 14 & 18) from Amazing Race! I almost followed them, but I couldn't be sure, so I left it alone... I could have sworn! (But it says they live in Colorado, so I can not be sure...)
A lot of people were wearing Beatles shirts. A good 30-50% were wearing some type of Beatles shirt! There were Beatles shirts, Paul concert shirts, John Lennon shirts... I wish I had more in my collection!
SO YES... I got to go for free! It was 1st row in the Grand Stand area, which is a view of the entire arena. It was SOO high up, which was scary! I felt like I could have fallen off during the song "I've Just Seen A Face"...right on the lyrics "Falling, yes I am falling..." and like JP said, "She came in through the Grandstand window!"
(View from 420C)
(Note: View is from a regular baseball day. Will add pics at a later time)
The person who gave me the ticket for free also sat next to me. He's also a Beatles/Paul fan and has seen Paul in CitiField also.
Paul played some new songs, for me at least. He started off with Hello Goodbye. The new songs I've never heard him play Live before were The Night Before, Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five, Let 'Em In, I've Just Seen a Face, Mrs. Vandebilt, AND Golden Slumbers...as the end song... along with Carry That Weight/The end.
It took me 1 hour and 30 minutes to get back homeward, and boy, am I carrying that weight!
Signs: Some were funny and some were fab!
"Hey Paul, my name is Jude!"
Paul says, "HEY JUDE!"
"Please Paul, Sign my Butt!"
Paul says, "Oh no, Thank you"