The Night I Booed Sir Paul McCartney

July 16, 2017 (Steven O’Reilly) – To friends and family who know me, I am the biggest Beatles fan there might have ever been. At family gatherings, my brothers and sister roll their eyes when I blare the Beatles on my speakers. I am asked if my cell phone, via Blue Tooth “Jam” speakers, can play something other than Beatles. When asked if I have Pandora, I reply: “I deleted Pandora so I can put more Beatles on my cell phone.” Get this straight. . .I am a Beatles fan. I raised my four sons on the Beatles. They play guitar and piano. . .and it is all Beatles. Yes, I am even listening to Beatles as I write this article.

It was with great surprise and happiness I learned that my wife (Margaret) of twenty five years bought us tickets to a Sir Paul McCartney concert. This was her Father’s Day present to me. She paid $500 plus of our hard earned money for these two tickets. Sir Paul….are you reading this????? The concert was July 13, 2017 in the “Infinite Energy Arena” in Gwinnett County (Duluth) Georgia. Did I say we paid $500?

As a life-long Beatles, Wings and McCartney fan, this was my first experience at a McCartney concert – – ever. My first experience of Sir Paul live. . .and he was fantastic! It was a great concert. McCartney is a great showman and I mean this is the best sense of the term. He played many of the Beatles hits (opening with “Hard Day’s Night“) and those of Wings. He played great tunes like “Hey Jude” and “Golden Slumbers.” He and his band were fantastic. They know how to entertain an audience. He played for about 3 hours straight without a break. I can find no fault in their performances. Fantastic.

Yet, having said all the above. . .I came away from the evening greatly disappointed. Supremely disappointed, I must say. It happened at the encore (though there were hints before). Before their encore performance, Sir Paul and his band mates came running out on stage carrying the American flag, the Georgia state flag, the British Union Jack and the rainbow flag. The rainbow flag??? Really??? What the heck?? I thought it rude and presumptuous. Come on, Sir Paul. . .you cannot believe all Americans accept the homosexual lifestyle or same-sex marriage.  Certainly, you must know a good many of your crowd disagree with you.

Sir Paul. . .Sir Dude. . .my wife paid $500 to take me to see you. I have paid that much for a plumber to come into my house. Yet, it would be exceedingly rude for a plumber to run around my house with a rainbow flag when I am paying such an exorbitant sum to fix a stopped up toilet. It would be rude of my plumber, Sir Paul – – it was rude of you. I would kick the plumber out of my house! I paid $500 a few weeks ago for a guy to remove tree stumps from my back yard. Even though he CUT my phone and cable lines in the process, he never thought – having done so – to run around my yard with a rainbow flag. Sir Paul:  “Your mother should know.”

Granted, I recognize you are supremely liberal, Sir Paul. . .I get that. I always have. I could have guessed your opinion on gay issues – even without the rainbow flag incident. I didn’t need you to demonstrate it. You didn’t need to. I loved you for your music – – not at all for your politics or your position on the natural law. I thought that was one of the things that ticked you off about John Lennon – remember: “too many people preaching practices”? God rest John’s soul. . .but Paul. . .please don’t tell me you have become as insufferable as he was. You are free to believe what you want. But, heck, when we pay $500 for two tickets to sit in an arena for three hours – – we are your “hostages.” It is wrong to take advantage of that. Do not foist your world view down our throats! My wife and I paid to hear you SING. . .not to see you run around the stage with a rainbow flag. Brutta figura, Paul. . .as the Italians say.

Yet, even this was not all.  There was a young teenage girl in the audience who displayed a “help me tell my family I am gay” sign. How do I and her poor family know this? We know it because Sir Paul called the audience’s attention to this sign between songs over his microphone. That is how. Again, I would not pay $500 for a plumber to come into my home to broadcast in my home his daughter is gay – – why, Sir Paul, do you think I would pay you $500 to do so? The sad thing is, I really think Sir Paul believes he was courageous for “helping” her. I do not think he really was. Paul. . .we can discuss that over a beer if you like.

Paul, you are a great songwriter, but you are politically correct. There is no bravery in that. You are a conformist. Would you have called some young girl on stage if her sign read: “Paul, help me tell my family I am Roman Catholic?” or “Sir Paul, help me tell my family I believe in the Ten Commandments”? Sir Paul, I doubt it. Frankly, you are full of ob-bla-di ob-bla-da. You showed zero courage and zero respect for your audience in this incident, expecting and presuming we must agree. So much for “too many people preaching practices.”

It may be heresy to Beatles fans – – and if so, I am a Beatles heretic. But, Paul – – I don’t know if you heard it, but I want you to know where it came from. It came from section 118, row R, seat 15. It was a “boo.” Something, I suspect, a Beatle has never heard. It was a “boo.” I never expected to “boo” a Beatle. I booed when you ran out with the rainbow flag. I booed when you had that poor young girl on stage to tell her father she was gay. I booed as loudly as I could. Sir Paul, if you read this. . .I am your greatest fan. . .but, I am God’s first.

(Steven O’Reilly is a graduate of the University of Dallas, and the Georgia Institute of Technology. He lives near Atlanta with his wife Margaret. He has four children. He has written apologetic articles and is working on a historical adventure trilogy, set during the time of the Arian crisis. Book one of the trilogy will be completed in 2017. Due out this fall. He can be contacted at





17 thoughts on “The Night I Booed Sir Paul McCartney

  1. McCartney is obviously a very gifted songwriter and musician but in other aspects of life he is ignorant and he is also very immoral.
    To show “solidarity” for the 49 killed in the homosexual Orlando night club shooting McCartney draped a rainbow flag around himself completely oblivious to the fact that the shooter was a “gay Muslim”. The Muslim’s wife testified that her husband was NOT having sex with here. In Islam sex with little boys is permitted and PBS did a documentary about this called, “The Dancing Boys of Afghanistan”.
    Pray for McCartney’s salvation.


    1. Jim, thanks for the comment. It is not for me to say that McCartney is immoral. That was not what I meant to convey, or the purpose of the article.

      I have heard a story or two of McCartney’s unseen charitableness (not told by him), which I think are absolutely wonderful – so I have no intent to knock him as a person. God will judge us all.

      My specific complaint is that he presumed upon his fans, many of whom disagree with him on the politics and morality of same-sex issues. I invite a plumber in my house to fix the plumbing. If my plumber gabs away on leftist politics while he’s working on my sink, etc., I am not inviting him back into my house. I expect if a plumber goes to McCartney’s house, he wants him to plumb and not spout politics.

      Celebrities are like that plumber. It is their skill in a particular area, e.g., music, acting or football, etc., that recommends them to us, and it is why we “invite” them into our lives like we invite a plumber into our home. If they are going to presume upon that invitation and its basis, and then make our interactions with them political or insult our sense of morals (especially with simplistic notions) – and not about entertainment, we will dump them. NFL stars are going to learn that fans -who ultimately fund their salaries, will eventually stop going to games, tuning in to watch them, etc.

      God gave McCartney, I think, a great talent for music. As your example demonstrates, God gave him near about zero talent as a commentator on the affairs of this world. McCartney has forgotten why people pay to see him. He needs to not be so big-headed to think he is wise BECAUSE he is an ex-Beatle, i.e., shut up and sing.


      1. Could not of said it better. I’m huge fan of his music, of all their music. But I totally agree with you please keep that stuff in the limos and hotel rooms and private conversations. We don’t pay to hear or see it so I guess we are the minority in the crowds that go to these concerts but I am on board tradition’s train 100% #GodblessUsEveryone…


      2. I forgot to mention that my wife and I and our son-in-law saw McCartney in concert on Sept. 23, 2017 in Syracuse, NY. Our tickets were $475 each plus about $25 each for “ticket insurance”.
        We enjoyed the concert and my son-in-law teared up a number of times during the show. However, that rainbow flag at the end took us off guard and was like a slap in the face to his fans.

        Most people in the entertainment industry tend to be extreme left wing but some keep it to themselves. The best concert I have ever attended was Samantha Fish at the Cutting Room in NYC on July 25, 2017. She just got down to the business of playing her guitar, singing songs and tearing up the place with guitar riffs few women rock guitarists could duplicate (and which McCartney couldn’t equal either). She didn’t promote any left wing ideology and she graciously took the time to meet and talk with us, her fans, afterward. Oh, and the tickets were only $25 each (plus a minimum dinner and/or drink order).


  2. Yes, of course he knows he’s got narrow-minded, bigoted, reactionaries like you in his audience- that’s why he needed the flag.


    1. Clare; thanks for the feedback. If McCartney’s job is to proselytize his political beliefs, etc – then that ought to be advertised as something one ought to expect at the show. I thought I was going to hear a great musician sing. I don’t hire a plumber or a Workman into my home, etc., to have them then go beyond their craft to drone on about their beliefs or make demonstrations of things I disagree with – as if to hit me over the head with a two by four with them. I don’t suspect you’d want the same either if the shoe was on the other foot. That was not the transaction expected.

      People who are given the mic or stage or time for one purpose, but then take advantage of that opportunity and of their audience for something else are a bore.

      McCartney is a great talent. But, he was both wrong and a bore that night.

      God bless,



  3. It surprises me that people like you exist, and still think gay shit has to be political. It’s already legal, I can’t see why anyone should care anymore for these things. It’s quite obvious why its okay.


    1. I didn’t make it political; he was the one running around with the flags. Thus; I guess you and I agree: McCartney was in the wrong…unless that is–despite your protestations to the contrary–*you* agree with politicizing it.


  4. I don’t blame you. I decided not to see him in my city in 1993 because of his animals being tortured film to be shown at the concert. I did see him in 2013 which was thankfully just a concert. And I sold my ticket for his 2018 concert after his disgusting remarks came out. It wasn’t just what he talked about but also the fact he had no discretion to keep quiet.


  5. He didn’t “politicize it” just by waving a flag. I’m betting that you are one of only a few that was bothered by it. I saw Paul a few days ago in Green Bay, WI. He brought out the flags there, too. And for the record, I don’t believe in gay marriage either. But people can’t help who they are attracted to. It even mentions this in the Bible. All he was doing is showing his sympathy for their struggles in just being accepted for who they are and what they are. There’s nothing wrong with that. If you were truly a “Beatle fan” you would have taken the time to get to know them by reading as much as you could about them. Doing that helps one to know where they are/were coming from. It also helps you to understand their music a whole lot better. A true fan accepts them for who they are and what they are. Even though we might disagree with them on some things, we still love them. You don’t have any idea of what that is all about.


    1. Carol, thanks for the feedback.

      I think we’ll need to agree to disagree. Waving a national or state flag is simply a sign of respect to the locale of a concert. Nothing to see there.

      However, the rainbow flag is associated with a political movement the members of which have certain expectations of and demands upon society and the rights of fellow citizens. Waving a rainbow flag around on a stage is “politicizing”. I don’t see how any can disagree with that observation. Aside from that, the argument could also probably be made that the use of the “rainbow” is itself religiously offensive to those who believe in the story of Genesis.

      To your point, yes, McCartney was showing sympathy to that cause. I would have expected that is where his sympathies might be. No shocker given his, or the Beatles’ leftism in general. Yes, I knew about that, of course. One tunes it out mostly, regretting that otherwise great tunes were sometimes ruined by banal, moronic philosophy–such as found in Lennon’s “Imagine.” If McCartney had published a LBGT song, I would have attended the concert and rolled my eyes when he played it. But, I didn’t have the expectation he’d do the whole flag thing. Lesson learned.

      But, while he is within his rights to carry on such flag-waving displays, I think it a sign of disrespect and misuse of the moment for which the audience “hired” him, so to speak. I hire a plumber to fix the pipes, not spout his political theory as he does so, or run around my home with any kinda flag espousing a political cause…i.e., “shut up and unclog the drain, dude.”

      I agree, he is within his right, of course. However, I thought I was paying for a celebration of his and the Beatles’ great music (even some which exhibit lefty stuff I might disagree with). But, now I know he’s going submit the paying audience to a celebration of his political views via non-musical flag-waving demonstrations as well. Given that, I’ve opted out of his future concerts. I did have an opportunity to have great seats near the stage in Greenville, SC a couple weeks back. I turned them down without a second thought. No loss for McCartney. No loss for me.

      Still love and listen to the Beatles music, Wings, etc. But, I’ll leave his political demonstrations of his political theory to others to live through–and, instead, I’ll listen to the old records instead.

      Thanks for the comments.




  6. He is not just a record. He isn’t going to just stand there and sing his songs in an exact order and nothing to make it more interesting inbetween. It sounds like you haven’t been to a concert before; there’s more to it than just singing. If waving a state flag is a sign of respect, then so is waving a gay flag. It’s legal, there’s nothing wrong with it. I really hope he didn’t do any jokes or anything inbetween songs because I’m sure you would get very agitated about that too.


    1. Anonymous, thanks for your feedback. Yes, I’ve been to other concerts. If I went to a Lennon concert while he lived, I suppose one would expect the peace activisim stuff, and maybe a peace symbol sign. However, there was no indication to expect this from McCartney. I suppose you wouldn’t have raised an eyebrow if he ran around with a papal flag, or paraded around with a crucifix, or showed slide of unborn babies in the womb, etc.




    1. David, thanks for the comment. I do believe you’ve taken the non sequitur to a hyperbolic low. My article was about a political demonstration at an entertainment event.

      But…even setting that aside….My expression of my opinion has no more credible association with suicide risk in individuals who engage in homosexual acts; than your contrary opinion does with suicides in young Folks struggling with their Catholicism.

      If homosexuals have a higher suicide rate than some other segments of the population; then one should look within the homosexual lifestyle for the answer — rather than blame others for pointing it out. After all; if being an active homosexual was self evidently a fulfilling life; what others might say or believe about it all would not matter. That simply demonstrates that homosexual acts are fundamentally against what is written on the hearts of all. Flag waving, parades, outlawing treatments for those wanting to leave the lifestyle, or shutting up folks who point all this out will not drown out one’s conscience — no matter how much tries.

      God bless,



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