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On the Beat: Sir Paul is almost here

Posted on: July 10th, 2014 by tommyj

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McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization
McCartney returns to stage after hospitalization

Paul McCartney is coming to Lincoln on Monday.

That’s far from news.

But there has been much unnecessary handwringing about whether Sir Paul will make his Pinnacle Bank Arena show after having postponed all of his June concerts after he was hospitalized briefly in Japan on an Asian tour. He last performed May 1 in Costa Rica.

On Sunday night, McCartney restarted his “Out There” tour in Albany, New York, and has played shows in Pittsburgh and Chicago. Those concerts have been three-hour, 40-song affairs and, not surprisingly, have received rave reviews.

McCartney is slated to play the Fargodome in Fargo, North Dakota, on Saturday before coming to Lincoln for Monday night’s show, which is essentially sold out. A few tickets may be released over the next few days. Check Ticketmaster.com for any ticket availability.

I’ll have much more about McCartney and Monday’s show in the Sunday Journal Star and on JournalStar.com.

Big week for music in Lincoln

The McCartney concert is the biggest show of what is one of the biggest weeks in Lincoln music in a good long time.

That starts with Zoofest Friday and Saturday. There’s plenty more about that elsewhere in Ground Zero.

The Black Lillies, who will play Zoofest at 3 p.m. Saturday, will be at Vega that night for a show with Bonehart Flanagan.

Sunday, Old Salt Union, an Illinois "pop grass” outfit, will be at the Bourbon Theatre.

Monday belongs to McCartney. Then Tuesday is a three-show night in the clubs with Say Anything at the Bourbon, Mac DeMarco at Vega and Cloud Nothings and the Wytches at Knickerbockers. Again, there’s more on the latter two elsewhere in Ground Zero.

Blue Sky Angel Parade release

Blue Sky Angel Parade will release its first full-length album, “Get Together Silver Feather,” Thursday at Vega.

Recorded to tape last fall at Milk Tone Studios, “Get Together Silver Feather” is a 14-track effort from the mod rock trio. Joining Blue Sky Angel Parade on the 9 p.m. bill will be baroque synth pop rockers Night Hearts, no wave-influenced shoegazers the Gems and Salt Lake City surf rockers Dark Seas. Cover charge is $6 for 21 and older, $8 for 18- to 20-year-olds.

Grateful Dead at the movies

For the fourth straight year, Grateful Dead Productions has teamed up with a video streaming service for a one-night-only presentation of a Dead movie.

This year’s picture is a TV show, “The Beat Club” filmed in Bremen, Germany, during the Dead’s 1972 tour, which, of course, yielded the “Europe 72” live triple album.

Here’s how the concert is described on the Dead’s website:

“Things were a little different when the Grateful Dead rolled into town with their tie-dyed amps, their entourage of long-haired ‘family,’ and their recording truck parked outside. Maybe the Dead knew that day that ‘One More Saturday Night’ would be the song that would air on the May 27 edition of the Beat-Club program, but they sure didn’t act that way. Instead, after a sound check that included ‘Loser’ and ‘Black-Throated Wind,’ they played a remarkable 80-minute set that mixed short songs with big jamming tunes, including two charged versions of ‘Playing in the Band,’ and a spectacular ‘Truckin’/’Other One’ sequence that is more than 30 minutes long. That the band could play this well in front of a bunch German TV technicians, rather than their usual sea of swaying and flailing hippies, is amazing. That it was all captured in crystal-clear close-up video is truly a gift from the gods (and if there’s any justice in the universe, the gods will someday allow that video to be released commercially).”

“The Grateful Dead Meet Up 2014” will screen at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Cinema.

Reach the writer at 402-473-7244 or kwolgamott@journalstar.com. On Twitter @LJSWolgamott.

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