Bright Shiny Things

Nothing says "The future of Pittsburgh is 1964" like having Paul McCartney present the first concert at the soon-to-open Consol Arena. Sometimes, having aging cultural icons show up represents a nice coda to a long story. What goes around comes around, in a really positive "awwww!" kind of way. Sometimes, grandfathers playing old pop hits is a way of reminding aging baby boomers that things were so much nicer and easier in their youth, when the future was bright and full of possibility. Sometimes, having a British knight open a building is just making a safe bet that the event will sell out.

Any Pittsburghers who have been following Chris Briem's recent posts about the North Shore casino and (separately) the pension crisis should be happy to have a Bright Shiny McCartney thing to distract them.



2 Responses to "Bright Shiny Things"

MH said... 6/04/2010 9:42 PM

Nobody under 30 has gotten my "What do you call a beatle with wings?" joke. Maybe this will help.

Anonymous said... 6/07/2010 1:16 PM

Was Paul's concert at the Mets' new ballpark just as weak?

The man is the biggest of living legends and many people of all ages want to see him. It's good thing, really.


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