One of Sir Paul McCartney’s most popular songs was the theme song from the James Bond film “Live and Let Die”. The Paul McCartney tribute band starring Broadway performer Tony Kishman has taken the film theme song title for the name of their band.
On February 9, Live and Let Die brought their show to the Bear’s Den Showroom at the Seneca Niagara Resort and Casino in Niagara Falls.
While they sometimes perform with a symphony orchestra, it was only the band who filled the Bear’s Den stage…along with lots of instruments. Over the hour and a half show the band attempted to ram over 50 years worth of Paul McCartney’s music into a small space, including songs from his time with The Beatles, the Wings era, and his solo career.
After beginning the night with a short video on The Beatles and the music which was narrated by Sir Paul , the band took the stage to open with a medley of “Venus and Mars” and “Rock Show”.
Including videos and dedications to George Harrison and John Lennon, the band performed “Here Today” and “Something”.
Encouraging the audience to join in and taking advantage of the various instruments scattered about the stage, Live and Let Die performed “Jet”, “Listen to What the Man Said”, “Penny Lane”, “Silly Love Songs”, “17”, “Every Night”, “And I Love Her”, “Another Day”, “Yesterday”, Maybe I’m Amazed”, My Brave Face”, “Hi Hi Hi”, Hello Goodbye”, “Let Me Roll It”, “Band on the Run”, “Uncle Albert”, “Get Back”, “My Love”, “Live and Let Die”, and ending the night with “Golden Slumbers”.
Returning to the stage among rousing cheers, the band performed two encores – “Hey Jude” and “Got to Get You Back (in My Life)”.
Over the past 50 years The Beatles have seen their music covered millions of times but when those songs are performed by men who look and sound like the original performers, the music takes on a life of its own and enhances the performance – Live and Let Die did so and raised the bar in the process.
Live and Let Die lived the music, so that it will never die.