Photos / Video: John 'Nunu' Zomot
There was a time when the venue at Tinley Park hosted the biggest names in music, year in and year out.
But the biggest touring name of the biggest ever band, Paul McCartney had yet to play there until this week.
Macca's touring schedule tended to favor football stadiums, baseball fields and NBA arenas over sheds, and that's where you could typically find him in the Chicago market. And that was just fine for Beatles fans.
But the music industry has changed. Teen-oriented, metal and country acts dominated bookings in the sheds in the suburbs like Tinley (now hilariously named the Hollywood Casino Ampitheater), and huge stars like McCartney stuck to the city,
So McCartney's appearance in Tinley was a bit of a shock to the system.
Tickets were easily obtained for those who wanted them (at superstar-sized prices), and the lawn remained spacious throughout.
But damn if Paul doesn't deliver, even in the year 2017, with material sourced from his earliest days as a musician to his most recent collaborations with Kanye & Rhianna.
Thirty-nine (mostly) beloved songs, a wide variety of instruments, and pyro suitable for a football stadium right there in the exurbs. The space may be a new look for Paul and his fans, but his Beatles legacy is shining bright as ever and he's still bringing the music to the people -- larger than life.
The third of three shows at the venue will be Wedensday night.