Paul McCartney's Postcard to the Future

October 16, 2014 8:16 PM

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Paul McCartney's Postcard to the Future

Last night, during Paul McCartney's performance of "Helter Skelter" at Atlanta's Philips Arena, I reveled in the exoticism of electric guitars. The song's scratchy, downspiral riff - the same one that McCartney and George Harrison played in unison on the Beatles' 1968 White Album and that gave crazy killer Charles Manson enough bravado to believe he could outlive an apocalypse - is the epitome of what rock 'n' roll was: loud, dangerous, sexy and irresistible.

In some ways, listening to a classic rock concert nowadays feels like stroking the pelt of an extinct species: on the underside, the instruments are rough and freewheeling, on top, the melodies are plush like fur. We buy the tour merch, we lift our lighters, er, phones into night like good rock fans...

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