Bruce Rits Gilbert

Song 18 - - Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

So, this blog is called "One Song at a Time," which means that it's okay to double up on an artist. I mean, there are no rules, but, if there were rules, it would be legal to include, say, Bruce Springsteen a second time. Know what I mean? 

I wrote about Bruce in Song 14, about a month ago. Why? Because he's amazing. So amazing that just about everyone wants to appear on stage with him. Including Paul McCartney. Paul McCartney, who, in my view, is the very best guy singer ever. Ever. Yeah, I know that he was the "cute Beatle," and that history sometimes suggests that John Lennon was the real genius of the Beatles. But Paul was always my favorite Beatle, and Paul's songs were always my favorite Beatle songs. And I Saw Her Standing There has always been among the very best "Paul" songs. 

I saw the Beatles in 1964 in Milwaukee. I was 10 years old. But I remember the show like it was, you know, just 50 years ago or so. After the Rightous Brothers opened the show, the Beatles came out and did a roughly 30 or 35 minute show. Ten songs or so. It was amazing. The newspaper reported that John was sick that night, which explains why Paul was the lead singer on most of the songs. I Saw Her Standing There might have been on the set list.  But I confess I can't remember that detail - - although I distinctly remember them playing Can't Buy Me Love

But the point here is that Paul McCartney joined Bruce Springsteen on stage in London in 2012. They did two songs: I Saw Her Standing There and Twist and Shout. It was amazing. And here's the video of them doing Song 18, I Saw Her Standing There, to prove it. 

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