if there’s one thing in this absolutely f#$king bonkers world that we can all agree on, it’s that Philly has already been making us live that summer concert life to the fullest–Beyoncé, Hall & Oates, Kenny Chesney, Dave Matthews Band, Sting, Peter Gabriel, Phish–and that’s only just a handful of the esteemed music artists who’ve already graced us with their powerful music presence this summer and will help the City of Brotherly Love keep its title in being the best Concert City in America, an honor (we got one!) that was bestowed upon us last year by Vivid Seats.
But if you’re worried those live music vibes will run out of juice before Labor Day, there’s no need to fret because Coldplay, Adele, Gwen Stefani, Eve, Demi Lovato, Garbage, Lauryn Hill (and lots more) are on the schedule to stop by before you pack up those white open-toed shoes until next summer.
And tonight is certainly is no exception as the living rock legend himself, Sir Paul McCartney, will be taking over Citizens Bank Park with a show that truly needs no explanation because at seventy-four years old, there’s no denying that Mr. McCartney can still rock it out with the best of them. While we can absolutely expect the British rock icon to perform a number of his solo material and a headphones full of collaborations from his Wings days (get those lighters ready for “Baby, I’m Amazed), you can also most likely bet that we’ll get to see elements of his second number one single with the number one with the late Michael Jackson, “Say Say Say,” worked into show that critics are calling “magic.”
Served as the lead single from McCartney’s chart busting record, Pipes of Peace, the cheeky tune was penned by McCartney and MJ, which would further prove that the dazzling duo was unstoppable after their preceding single “The Girl is Mine,” struck Billboard chart gold a year prior. Also, after its release in ’83, “Say Say Say” became Jackson’s seventh top-ten hit inside a year, which would certainly set a nice stage up for him to the turn the world on its axis with the release of Thriller a year later.
Of course, McCartney’s timeless ’80s tune was given a big push to the top because of its accompanying video, which was directed by iconic filmmaker Bob Giraldi and constructed as a short film centered around two con artists called “Mac and Jack” (played by McCartney and Jackson). The video was released around the same time MTV was in its true infancy stages in changing the music landcape (sigh..), and in turn both music artists were both credited for the introduction of dialogue and storyline into music videos, a trend we know is certainly going strong today. Lemonade, anyone?
Okay, so while we could easily sit and spill about every detail of this classic music video and true moment in pop culture time (hey, Latoya!), but you need to start getting ready for McCartney’s show at CBP tonight, so just watch and reminisce on times when music was music and this world seemed a little easier to get through, and “Say Say Say” is one of the shining reasons why.
Cover photo courtesy of www.paulmcartney.com