Paul McCartney and Paul Fournier at the Beacon Theatre. Below, Paul and Nancy
Shevell. (Photos courtesy Paul Fournier)
We've mentioned the reports here and here that Paul McCartney and Nancy Shevell were at the Paul Simon Beacon Theatre show that included the reunion with Art Garfunkel. Here's an account from Paul Fournier, who was there and not only saw Paul and Nancy, but had his picture taken with him:
"I attended Paul Simon's two concerts at the Beacon Theatre in NYC last
Friday and Saturday nights. The concerts were just excellent - and a
dream come true for any Simon fan. However, I'll leave my detailed
comments on those shows for more appropriate websites.
"You can imagine my surprise when, after the lights went down on Friday
night at the beginning of the show, I see Paul McCartney and Nancy
Shevell pass right in front of me! My seat was in the left side front
orchestra in the third row very near the center aisle. Paul and Nancy
walked in front of my section and then down the center aisle to their
seats about six rows in back of me in the center front orchestra
section. Paul's seat was right on the center aisle. As a result, they
were very close to me for the whole show.
"Luckily, there was an intermission between Acts I and II. At the
intermission, Paul and Nancy walked back down the center aisle the way they came in right past my seat again to likely go hang out backstage during the intermission. I took some nice video of this which I posted at the following link.
"When Act II was ready to start, with the lights still on, Paul and Nancy came back out from backstage and walked in same direction towards my seat again to get back to their seats. As a result, I saw a great opportunity to go say hello. I told Paul that I was a huge fan and asked for a photo. He joked, "you're not that huge." I think I was still laughing from his joke in the photo, but it's all good, the photo shows how happy I was. As he walked off, I patted him on the back and thanked him for all of the excellent music.
"Paul seemed to really be enjoying the show. They stayed until the very
end, which makes sense because the final encore was three song set by a
reunited Simon and Garfunkel. After the show was over, Paul and Nancy
passed by me again and then went backstage for a few minutes where there
was a get together of the performers and many famous guests that were in
attendance (including Mayor Bloomberg, Jon Bon Jovi, Rosie O'Donnell,
James Gandolfini, Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Fallon, etc.).
"I went outside to the backstage door after the show ended and Paul and
Nancy were amongst the first to come out. Paul was very gracious,
taking some time to sign autographs and converse briefly with people
waiting out there. Being a fan since I was 10 years old (30 years ago
now!), this evening was very special to me so I wanted to share it here
with other McCartney fans.
"Here's the link to some photos and videos. Be sure to also click the
link at the bottom of this page to move to page 2 to see the video of
Paul exiting the theater, signing autographs and talking to people out
"Keep up the excellent work on the website, I always enjoy it very much."