The big entertainment news in Mexico City at the moment, is the presence of one Paul McCartney, here to perform two nights at Foro Sol. Paola very much wanted to go and see him, but the tickets sold out almost instantaneously. In fact, originally, there was only one night, but popular demand won the day, and one became two. Paola got excited when she found tickets for the second night a few weeks ago, and tried to book them. Even at the hefty price of four hundred and something pesos.
She failed. Ticketmaster, for whatever reason, didn’t like my debit card. Thankfully. She was trying to book bus tickets to get to the stadium. I can’t say I much wanted to go. Paul McCartney is ok, but I’m not a big fan of big stadiums. Paying a load of cash to watch a dot on the horizon, whom you assume is the star, and listening to a sound which is 50% music, 50% noise….not my cup of tea.
But Paul McCartney is special. Just for him a huge screen is being put up in Chapultepec for tonights concert, which will be shown live. They can get 10,000 people in there apparently. I’m not convinced it’s worth going. Even man, woman, child, their dog, their cat and their goldfish will be heading there. I suspect that those who haven’t queued up since dawn will only get close enough to see a dot on a screen, who their will have to assume is McCartney. Those arriving late will see a dot which they will assume is a screen.
But there is an alternative. The show is also going to be broadcast live on the internet at 9pm (May 28th, Mexico City time) thanks to Coca Cola. Very good of them I must say. Let’s hope they’ve anticipated the bandwidth they’ll need properly, or it’s going to leave a lot of people very disappointed. Paola especially. And me too. Not only do I deserve a good service for the loyal custom I’ve given them over the decades, but I’m intending to splash out a whole 18 pesos on some nachos and cheese to nibble on while I watch. If they screw it up I’m going to drink Pepsi tomorrow instead.