- We were surprised later to find out they'd sold 45,000 tickets. The bleachers and some other sections were blocked off, but of course there was field seating. It was weird to see the field and stands in darkness.
- The crowd was amazingly multiaged, though all white, and definitely clean and sober.
- Paul has a great feel for pacing a show, moving the energy level up and down, serious to light-hearted (though thank God he didn't do "Silly Love Songs." After "Blackbird" and "Here Today" (the sob song addressed to Lennon right after his death), he joked abut "bringing up the mood up from almost suicidal" and launched into the perky lightweight "Everybody's Gonna Dance Tonight."
- Musically he and the band were strong and tight. His drummer had the physical heft and power of John Bonham, and another guy in the band was fantastically versatile, doing keyboards, accordion, harmonica, etc. And the electronic stuff was also excellent -- it really sounded like strings and other orchestral instruments, not tinny imitations of same. Oh, and Paul's falsetto is still terrific. And even his whistling.
- At one point he noted the full moon (which I couldn't see), saying, "Give it up for the lighting! Hello, moon!" And although he made some obligatory references to the Red Sox, he couldn't have known about the famous lunar eclipse on the night they won the 2007 World Series here. (ETA: it was 2004 -- they won the Series for the first time since 1918. Stupid of me? Well, I was in the Deep South at the time...)
- Nice tributes to George (playing "Something" on an initially unaccompanied ukelele that George gave him) and John ("Give Peace a Chance" refrain singalong).
- Couldn't help cringing during the obligatory pyrotechnics during "Live and Let Die" because the fake flames reminded me of the tragic 2003 fire at The Station nightclub in Warwick R.I.
- He ended the show with the Sgt. Pepper reprise ("we hope you have enjoyed the show"), then three encores. After playing the first (Day Tripper, Lady Madonna, I Saw Her Standing There), leaving and returning, he joked, "Are you not exhausted yet?" For the second encore he entered shadow-boxing (hammy again) and played "Yesterday" which I hopes we would escape, but the third encore was a truly kick-ass pairing of "Helter Skelter" and "Get Back.
- The you-know-you're-in-Boston moment was when I went up for a beer and a guy behind me said, "I'm heah to see Pwaul McCahtney but I'm wonderin' how the Red Sawx ah doin!" (For the record, they lost in Tampa Bay, 6-4.)