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Maybe we’re amazed: Paul McCartney hits Sprint Center tonight

07/16/2014 12:07 PM

07/16/2014 2:43 PM

The creative impulse and exceptional energy Paul McCartney continues to display should inspire every aging rocker.

While spoilsports grouse that it's unbecoming for musicians born in the 1940s to bounce about stages like giddy teenagers, the joyous antics of McCartney, 72, seem entirely natural. Besides, McCartney still merits his moniker as "the cute one."

His recent set lists are heavy on selections from the Beatles catalog such as "Paperback Writer, " "Hey Jude" and "Blackbird" and also include favorites from his extensive solo career like "Maybe I'm Amazed."

He brings his “Out There” tour to the Sprint Center tonight, after stops in Pittsburgh, Chicago and Lincoln, Neb. In a review of his Albany, N.Y., show on July 5, Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “You could see the pleasure in his eyes every time the crowd cheered — the unfakeable joy at getting to play his music for an adoring arena.” Then, of course, there was the recent casual night out for dinner and ice cream in Omaha with Warren Buffett.

And fresh off of McCartney’s stop in KC comes news that Ron Howard has signed on to direct a documentary about the Beatles’ years of touring. He’ll trace their days from the clubs of Liverpool in 1961 to their final appearance at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966, says The Hollywood Reporter. McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison all approve.

Tickets are $27.50-$250 at

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