It's hard to plead a case for Mondays. And mine had been a challenge. You might even call it a bad day – aspiring TV writers have them from time to time. They’re called weekdays. I stumbled onto Hollywood Boulevard near Highland looking for an antidote to my ennui. They don't come in more potent form than a free Paul McCartney concert under and over the stars.
Sir Paul performed two songs in front the El Capitan Theatre for his appearance that night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" But why setup a stage and close a major Hollywood thoroughfare for a mere two tunes? Come on, he's got the back catalog. Following "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Save Us," a song from McCartney's latest record New, which drops October 15, the former Beatle went on to play a further 13 crowd-pleasers.
Nearly any song at a McCartney show is a classic, but standouts among standouts included "Day Tripper," "Jet" and seminal show-closer "Hey Jude." People – many of them tourists as fortunate as myself to have chanced upon the magic – wept as they sang along. I wonder how long it's been since Hollywood Boulevard has seen tears of joy. Even the street got a treat.
- Rob Putnam