Skinflint Sunday: I think it’s called ‘Rationalisation’…

This has been a pretty good year. What with the selling of the house, the abolishment of the 3K/month bridging finance, the total debt-free situation… and the shows I’ve treated myself to. First up was k.d lang in July. Dress circle seat, almost in the middle, at Hamer Hall where the acoustics are amazing. She was incredible. Personally, I think she has the best voice on the planet. Next was Midnight Oil a few weeks ago. And then 2 nights ago I saw Paul McCartney. (The photo at the top of the page is Tom25 and me on the train on the way to the show.)


Tom25 is a McCartney fan from way back. He decided last year to give up all hope of him ever touring Australia, so he made up his mind that when he released his next tour dates, he’d fly over to the US to see him. I, on the other hand, grew up with ‘Wings’ and discovered the Beatles when I was about 15. Ever since then I’ve been a devoted Beatles fan, (especially John and George) and of course played the music to the boys.

Love Me Do. This is a no-zoom shot from our seats. Not bad, eh?

When the tour was announced Tom25 was ecstatic. He rang me and asked if I wanted to come with him. How can you say no when your child asks that, even if I’d wanted to? I accepted and Tom25 said he’d call back next day to let me know how much the ticket cost.

When he said $400 the next day, I must admit I gulped slightly. I was still paying bridging finance and that’s a lot of money. But I said not a word, and of course, on the night it was Worth. Every. Penny.

Here he is playing ‘Something’ on the ukelele George gave him. Between a lot of the songs he told stories and it was wonderful.

This was the opening to Live and Let Die. It was out of the blue and knocked our socks off.

Live and Let Die.

I took videos, but WordPress won’t let me put them on the blog, which is annoying because I really wanted to share them with you. However, here’s the setlist.

For the Benefit of Mr Kite.

He played 40 songs and was on for 3 hours. It was SUCH a great night. ‘Hey Jude’ is my all-time favourite, and when he started singing it I got a bit teary. I never in a million years would have thought I’d get the chance to see Paul sing it live. Talk about being Fortunate Frogdancer!

Tom25 and I sang and danced the whole night. I was so glad to be able to share it with him. He went back the next night to an even better seat and on Thursday night he flies out to Aukland to see the New Zealand show. He’ll be sitting 4th from the front right in the middle. He figures that he was prepared to spend a couple of grand on an airfare to America, so this way he uses that money to see 3 shows instead of just one. I’m thinking that if he wants to be a fanboy, he’s certainly doing it in style.

Some of you, especially Bev from foodnstuff, are probably scratching your heads and wondering how on earth this can be classed as a Skinflint post. Well… I ate dinner before I left work; I took green tea with me in a thermos so we didn’t buy any food or drink; we took the train in so we didn’t pay for parking AND we didn’t buy any merch. At $10/song I guess you can say that, when viewed in a certain way, it was a cheap night out.

Irreplaceable memories…

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4 Responses to Skinflint Sunday: I think it’s called ‘Rationalisation’…

  1. Snoskred says:

    There are times when spending money is worth every cent. A few weeks ago I went to see Take That, a band I have been a fan of for over 20 years. Yes the seats were not exactly cheap but they were excellent. We had to stay overnight because it is a bit of a drive home late at night to get back here, so that cost some more money. But it was worth it.

    I did buy merch, but I had planned to get the hoodie no matter what the cost, it turned out to be at least $70 cheaper than I expected so I got a t-shirt as well. 😉

    I rarely go to a concert – in fact I might hazard a guess that the previous concert I went to before this recent one was theirs in Adelaide 22 years before.

    If one is a fan of someone, and one can find the money, I believe one should always go to a concert. We will never regret having those memories. Especially if someone we love goes with us. 🙂

  2. foodnstuff says:

    Oh dear! I seem to be getting a name for myself! No problems with this one though. Paul McCartney is worth every cent. I saw the Beatles when they were here in the 60’s. I was 21 at the time (same age as Paul was then) and screamed myself silly. Don’t remember what it cost but it was worth it (my parents probably paid it anyway 🙂 )

    He’s a marvel. I can’t imagine how he managed to be on for 3 hours. At the same age, I can’t manage anything for 3 hours now.

    Glad you and Tom enjoyed it. Bother WordPress for not allowing the videos!

  3. Urspo says:

    may the next year be even better.

  4. Pam says:

    That seems so strange to me – that Tom is a fan of someone whose main activity was years before he was born. That’s like me spending thousands of pounds to see Ivor Novello (actually, I really like Ivor Novello’s music, but not THAT much). I’m not much into pop music but do like many Beatles songs. But there’s no one I would pay a couple of thousand pounds/dollars to see apart from my nearest and dearest. Still, life is interesting and varied and it wouldn’t do if we were all the same.

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