Sir Paul came to Tampa, FL on Monday and as always his concert was amazing. This incredibly talented man just refuses to get old. He played at the Amalie Arena in Tampa on Monday night, and here is my mini-story of our adventure seeing Paul: The calm before the storm (literally). This pic was taken about 2:00pm on Monday afternoon if memory serves correctly, and the concert began at 8:00pm. So, this pic was taken about 6 hours before the concert. We reserved a table at the upscale buffet dining facility inside the arena, our table was located at one of the windows to the left of the Paul McCartney sign in the pic. Note the blue sky and general emptiness of the place....Calm before the storm.... The pic above was taken at about 2:00pm. The pic below was taken from our dining table inside the arena at around 5:30pm. Note the now stormy sky outside, flags whipping in the wind, it was literally like a hurricane. Wicked lightning all over the place, heavy rain and flash flooding, people coming in soaked through. We were lucky, in that we arrived early just before the storm hit. So we were dry. (Note the yellow lightning sculpture outside our window below, it's reflected in the window we were sitting at in the above pic, to the left of the McCartney sign). What was a pleasant surprise, however, was that we didn't hear only rain and thunder. From our dining table, we could actually hear Paul and his band warming up! It was so cool! We could hear him singing, practicing, hear his band warming up going through a few songs. The wall close to our table must have been very close to the stage area. The stormy dinner while Paul was warming up and giving us a pre-concert treat while we ate: After dinner, we bought souvenirs and went to our seats in the arena. The pic below was taken about an hour before the concert began. Note the empty seats as people start trickling in: Here's the concert in full swing about an hour later, packed house, Paul singing "A Hard Day's Night". Excuse the terrible pics but my phone camera really sucks and couldn't handle the stage lighting: Another concert pic, pure excitement and awe: Hints if you're going to see Paul: At some point in the concert, he looks around the audience to read signs people are holding up. So if you want a chance to get his attention, bring a sign to hold up. Poster size will do, apparently. He may just read your sign from the stage! He read one sign that a woman held up saying "Paul please sign my butt" (!!) Paul actually read it aloud and said "No, no, no, well..Ok, let's all have a look then!" The audience died laughing. Then Paul started playing the classic "And I love Her", and halfway through he wiggled his butt to the audience. Laughter again. I'll never listen to that song the same way again! I really wish I could post that video clip, but I can't from my computer apparently. This site won't let me. At another point, a lady and her son were invited on stage to sing a song with Paul. She had a Sgt. Pepper costume on, Paul called her "Mrs. Sgt. Pepper". So another way to get Paul's attention obviously is to dress up. You may just get the chance of a lifetime to sing on stage with a Beatle. (I assume she paid a very high price for the good seats, though, as she had a VIP pass around her neck that people got with the prime seats up front near the stage). One word about pyrotechnics- the explosions during the song "Live and Let Die" nearly made everyone pee their pants. It was so unexpected and LOUD. After the song, Paul was bent over his piano with his fingers in his ears saying "too loud!". I guess he thought so too! It was funny. Super concert from Paul, very memorable as all his concerts are. See him if you can, a real legend among us.