The first time I saw Paul McCartney was at the Kingdome in 1976. Now I’m not sure I actually SAW Paul, he was more like a speck, but I did see an image of him on the big screen. There were 76,000 there and it was a really good show. Even the sound was good. At the time Paul was trying to distance himself from his former band so there weren’t too many Beatle songs but he did do a few.
This also marked the first time a concert ticket in Seattle reached double figures. Yes, it was TEN BUCKS to see Paul.
This was exactly 10 YEARS after an event that changed my life. In 1966 I was visiting the then new Tacoma Mall. The Bon Marche had a listening booth in the record department and Revolver was the new Beatle album that Summer.
Being kind of poor, my crummy record player at home didn’t exactly reproduce sound very well and it sure wasn’t “STEREO”.
So…naturally my 13 year-old mind was blown when I put the headphones on at the Mall that day and heard Revolver for the first time.
WHY was it called Revolver? Because it would revolve on the turntable! Pretty neat huh?
In 2002 Paul would tell me that “Revolver” was one of his four favorite Beatle albums. More on that conversation later.
In 1964 Paul played Seattle as a 22 year old Beatle in the Coliseum. This Summer Paul will play Safeco as a 71 year old legend of legends.
For video of Paul's Safeco Press Conference Announcement, click HERE.
I’ve been watching, and for the most part enjoying, The Tonight Show forever. Carson was my favorite. He was such a large part of my life, and for so long - 30 years - it saddened me greatly when he left. That was 1992. 21 years ago! Are you kidding me? Yes, Johnny has been off for 21 years and now Jay is leaving.
Today, NBC (Comcast) officially announced Jimmy Fallon as the new host. I don’t know when Jay is leaving but I’ll miss him too, just not as much.
Jay was at his best when he was a guest on Letterman’s old show. Jay would be sitting there in his leather jacket and just kill. Soon, both he and Dave would jockey for Johnny’s spot and we know what happened there.
When Jay’s parents died he adjusted his Tonight Show act and not for the better. It became bluer and just wasn’t the real Jay. When compared to some comics, it would still get the Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval , but you know what I mean. Jay should have just stuck to the kind of material our own Pedro sent him. Yes, KJR’s Pedro from The Bob Rivers Show is a writer for Jay. Maybe that was supposed to be a secret but it’s out now.
Jimmy Fallon has a deep appreciation for good music. He loves the classics and knows his stuff for such a young guy. I think he is a good pick and is definitely the most like Johnny between Dave & Jay.
The Tonight Show is an institution and part of Americana. Long live The Tonight Show.
The biggest star to emerge from Seattle in a while is a guy named Macklemore. Maybe you've seen him on SNL or Ellen. His "Thrift Shop" video is brilliant. He came out on a skateboard when he performed on Ellen and the number itself is laced with a ton of hooky jazz riffs.
I don't know if rap is exactly music but maybe it is. I've been "evolving" on this one.
Back in the day we used to play a couple of numbers on KISW that could now be considered rap, hip hop, or whatever you want to call it.
Were these early rap songs?
1. Bob Dylan "Subterranean Homesick Blues" 1965
2. Gil Scott-Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised". 1970