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Thursday, 3 June 2010

Macca at the White House

Paul McCartney was in the East Room at the White House last night to receive the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Song. President Obama and the first lady hosted the event, which also featured other artists participating in a concert. Jerry Seinfeld did a stand up comedy routine. He had lots of compliments for McCartney and one complaint — he couldn’t quite figure some of McCartney’s lyrics.
Such as: "She was just 17. You know what I mean." Seinfeld: "I’m not sure I do know what you mean, Sir Paul. I think I know what you mean. And I think there’s a law enforcement agency in a couple of states that might want to ask you a few questions."
Of course, the "you know what I mean" lyric was contributed by John Lennon. McCartney's original lyric read "never been a beauty queen".

Set list:
Paul McCartney - Got To Get You Into My Life
Elvis Costello - Penny Lane
Dave Grohl - Band On The Run
Corinne Bailey Rae and Herbie Hancock - Blackbird
Emmylou Harris - For No One
Faith Hill - The Long and Winding Road
Jonas Brothers - Drive My Car
Lang Lang - Celebration on the piano
Jack White - Mother Nature's Son
Stevie Wonder - We Can Work It Out (twice)
Paul McCartney - Ebony And Ivory (duet with Stevie Wonder)
Paul McCartney - Eleanor Rigby
Paul McCartney - Michelle
Paul McCartney - Let It Be
Paul McCartney - Hey Jude

The concert and award speeches were taped by PBS and will be televised as a 90 minute TV special on July 28th.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I watched this and loved it!