The best band in the world! Why?

Written by Sabine Demosthenes

MONTREAL – It took me a few days to write about the best damn show of the year, which I saw at the Bell Centre last Thursday, September 20th, 2018.

You may have heard of a certain Paul McCartney, Rusty Anderson, Brian Ray, Abe Laboriel Jr and Paul ‘Wiz’ Wickens. If not (and that would be a major surprise!), I strongly recommend going on YouTube to watch some videos, see one of their concerts live (or on iTunes) or buy their latest album: Egyptian Station. It is actually the number one album in Canada.

It was my second time seeing them live and you know what, it felt like it was my first time.


Simply because they have the ability to give the best concert you will ever saw and make you feel part of it. Even if it’s been more than 15 years of being together as a band and they have played in the biggest arena in the world, you feel this special feeling watching a fun band in a small club.

Where do I begin my review?

First of all, the sound quality was perfect. The sound crew are probably the best there is. You could hear each instrument and each lyric with such clarity. I’m sending my shoutout to Paul McCartney’s sound crew!

Second, I was happily surprised to see some new members such as….. (I am waiting on Macca’s team to give me the names of the horn players)

The best part was seeing a band having fun and being happy doing what they love. I still get chills with just the thought of it.

I won’t write all the songs they played, but I will be all nostalgic and say it was a beautiful marriage between nostalgia and the future.


They played the Fab Four classics. They jammed with the sound of Wings, but they played some of the new stuff on their brand new album. They played with such ease considering it was 3 hours non-stop. Paul spoke in French on top of it all! He was very good.

Ok, I’m must admit, I cried like a baby during the rendition of Something. Like big time! But I am not ashamed.

Rusty and Brian were giving us some serious guitar riffs and the band did a little shoutout to Jimy Hendrix.

Wix was, as always, the ethereal keyboardist. I was pretty close to the stage and could see Abe and Wix exchanging some funny faces between them, having the biggest smiles on their faces.

Oh oh! Speaking of Abe. One sentence: The best drummer of the 21st century. I rest my case.

For me, there are probably two bands in the world that seem to be so alive and so happy on stage. Bruce Springsteen and The East Side Band and Paul McCartney and his boys. I saw some Bruce Springsteen shows on DVD, but I haven’t gotten the chance to see him and his band live. So for me, if I have to choose between the two of them, I’m team Macca.

For 3 hours, I didn’t think of what a certain person by the number 45 is tweeting or the current state of our beautiful planet and mankind. I was in a beautiful bubble with thousands of fans and my valentine being happy.

Being the music lover that I am, I imagined that I was jamming with them (It’s on my bucket list – jamming with Rusty, with Godin’s electric guitar).

As we left after the concert to go back to our little world, I was wondering if we would ever feel this beautiful, happy feeling of love again as that was what the concert was all about.

I guess we still can as Paul and his boys showed us.


My answer to one of my prayers

Gary Clark Jr is the answer of this prayer.

The guy is magnificent, energetic, pragmatic and one hell of a musician.


If you wonder how Blues, Rock, Hip Hop, Soul, Funk and a little bit of Country can co-exist, your prayers has been answer too. And it is so nicely and perfectly done.

Rocking his Gibson

I kept playing over and over The Story of Sonny Boy Slim like there a no tomorrow. The first song with the first guitar rift with a big yeah, oh my you are starting to move and to enter this beautiful universe.

The story of Sunny Boy Slim

Gary Clark Jr make me think sometime of Marvin Gavin with his soulful voice. Oh mercy mercy me!

His guitar style is a psychedelic mix of Clapton and Prince. Oh yes, you read it. Can we believe that it is possible? Like Obama used to said ” yes we can”. They called him The Chosen One! And The Chosen One have the same intensity as Jimmy Page.

Two legends

There is a brand new live album. It is the bomb. This proud Austin Texas child will be touring this summer across the States and few dates on the Grand North aka Canada. That’s a pity that they don’t have a Montreal date but he will be at the Ottawa Blues fest on July 12th. I smell road trip Chronicle Style. Maybe, I will have the chance to meet this fine artist.

While I am writing those sentences, I’m listening to his song Can’t Sleep. Catchy song and I’m dancing on my ride to work. And what I love with some artists is that they are as passionate with their music and still have a very humble personality.


Thank you The Chosen One for making fall in love all over again with the blues with a twist.

Gary Clark Jr Website