After several weeks off of touring recovering from a virus, Paul McCartney returned to the stage with a vengeance July 5 in Albany, N.Y. Patricia O'Leary Mosch told Beatles Examiner the show was exciting even before McCartney stepped out on stage.
“We were there and I can tell you it was electric!,” she said. “The build up to him coming out, with the photos rolling up the screen with pics from all the years with his family and George,John, Ringo and friends just gets you full of anticipation at seeing him in person is such a feeling that when he comes out in that blue jacket it gave me goosebumps and my eyes were almost flowing with tears! There is no better feeling!”
Joan Starkman said, “I've seen Paul over 20 times and this welcome was by far the loudest, longest and most loving that I've ever experienced! Almost blew the roof off of the Times Union Center! It brought tears to my eyes, and I daresay to Paul's as well!”
Mosch said McCartney was full of warmth. “And he is so gracious and down to earth, I don't think he realizes how profound it is for people our age and all ages, at seeing the person you had your first real crush on from the first time I saw him on the Ed Sullivan show,there in person. This was my second show. I saw him at Yankee Stadium in 2011 and it was just as amazing!I can not wait to go again!"
Susan Nancy Cohen said the reception McCartney got when he came onstage was very warm from the fans who were welcoming him back after his illness. “The show was amazing,” she said, “and I felt that the response to Paul's entrance was extremely strong and went on a bit longer than usual. I think he seemed genuinely touched by the enthusiastic welcome and mentioned several times later in the show how nice the welcome back was. he looked amazing. Lean and healthy and in fine voice.” “It was the most heartfelt greeting I've seen,” said Janet Wess Roaring.
“Paul looked great!,” said Karen Ann. “His voice was spot on! He looked genuinely happy to be on the stage both at the soundcheck and in concert. Back to where he once belonged! He put on a full length show. No cutting back, two encores and proudly waved the flags at the concert end. Several times, he took a moment to read signs and interact with the crowd. At one point, a girl just screamed out and Paul, very adorably shouted back 'Don't do that to me!!'”
“I was there too,” said Esmirelda Ezmo. “This was the 15th time I've seen Sir Paul. This was the best, warmest, most enthusiastic audience of all. The crowd went nuts when he came out. He had to just wait for everyone to settle down before starting. He clearly loved it, and soaked it all in. And the new songs were not 'reasons to use the restroom or get a drink.' They were very well received. It helped that the sound was great in Albany, too.”