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July 30, 2009

Thievery Corporation to open for Paul McCartney at Fedex Field Saturday

paul mccartneyWashington-based electronic duo Thievery Corporation will open for Paul McCartney at FedEx Field Saturday, organizers announced today.

"We're excited and honored to open for Paul McCartney in our hometown of Washington, D.C.," Thievery Corporation's Rob Garza said in a statement. "Having a chance to play to his audience is unique for us and we're really looking forward to it."

"Unique" is one way to put it. I wonder how the baby boomers are going to react to Thievery Corporation's music. I must admit -- at first, I was puzzled by the announcement.

On second thought, it does make sense: McCartney has been making experimental electronic music under his alter ego, The Fireman, since the early '90s. And according to a New York Times review, he's been performing some of The Fireman's material this tour.

I wonder if he'll join Thievery Corporation on stage, or vice versa.

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Posted by Sam Sessa at 4:37 PM | | Comments (19)
Categories: Local music


Whoa. Thievery remix of "Live and Let Die?"

When you were young, and your heart was a techno beat ...

Thanks Sam!! Been dying to know who was going to get the nod. MGMT is opening for him in Fenway, was hoping to get them tomorrow night too!!

omg... I Was channel surfing and came across t.c. On WHUT channel. I Love the sound. Now i have to find the cd. Will someone tell me where they play in the dc nova area. peace and passion.

Wish we could of heard you...wasted 150 bucks and 7 hours in traffic and didn't get to see the show!!! Who ever was in charge of the traffic pattern to get into FEDEX should return everyone's money!! Never had a situation like this in any city!

Worst-ever "opening act"! An hour and a half of endless techo crap. What was Paul thinking???

Not sure what Lisa is talking about. We arrived well before the show (coming from VA across the WW bridge) and there was no traffic at all. But when Paul went on at 9 PM I'd say the stadium was easily over 95% full. We didn't hear of any complaints from people who couldn't get to the stadium.

I didn't realize that was an opening act. We thought they were just DJs filling time. Some of the music was techno versions of McCartney/Beatles songs. The rest sounded like some experimental techno music. Some of the people sitting near me were just ignoring it. One person I had never met leaned over to me and said they didn't get it, they could do without it, and they were hoping the people handling the sound system did a better job when McCartney played. They did.

I was at the show last night and am so glad to see the info on Thievery Corporation here. Gotta love Google. I was at the show with my husband..let's just say we are well over 40 and we both enjoyed the opening show very much. I particularly liked the remix of Strange Days. If anyone knows whether TC will make a compilation of what they played at this concert, i would love to know about it.
If you click the link to my site there is a contact form. I also contacted them through the website but i am sure they will be too busy to respond. Anyway it was an outstanding night out...Sir Paul put on the best concert i have ever seen.

We left early got into no traffic. The best concert I have ever seen. It was fabulous. No complaints at all.
Great Time.

So there was an opening act! We got there at about 8:15 and could hear the remixes playing, but we didn't realize it was TC. Was it just a recording? I didn't think I saw anyone spinning on stage. -- I took 50 into Prince George's County and saw quite the back-up on 495; I wonder if that was what caused Lisa to miss the show? -- As for leaving early to avoid traffic - I stayed for both encores, along with the majority of the audience I think, and actually was out of the parking lot within 5 minutes, easily. It took longer to walk back to the car! A really pleasant surprise.

I was at the concert last night . I thought they TC, were terrible. Paul on the other hand was wonderful.

I know what Lisa was talking about, we were stuck in traffic for 4+ hours (starting at 4.30) and missed the show as well since we hit the 50 and 495s junction traffic. After we figured we'd missed most of the show, we got out of the stand still right two lanes and noticed that after the junction, traffic to exit 16 was free flowing and we could have cut in very easily. Too late by that time. If we had taken the other side of the beltway or come by metro we would be fine. Oh well, heard at least Paul played great! Note to self, take the METRO to anything FEDEX cuz the traffic is hellish.

Traffic was terrible! We left Fredericksburg, VA at 330; arrived at the Springfield/Franconia Metro station at 530. Once there, had to modify metro ride due to scheduled track main. Nearly 3 HOURS LATER, finally are in our seats at Fedex. Have had much better luck attending Redskins games. Concert was amazing though, and worth the ride there!

I like Thievery Corp. and have seen them in several DC nightclubs so it was a real treat for me to see them play for 40,000+ people! I enjoyed their set immensely and thought it was a perfect way to start the night. I also thought it shows how progressive McCartney, a 67 year-old ex-Beatle, is to choose them as his DC opener. It was not "techno crap" as one put it and most everyone around us was enjoying it. (But then, I don't put much stock in the ideas of someone who posts the URL of the web page she is reading in the "URL" box when posting comments.)

As for the traffic, FedEx Field has three exits on either side of the beltway. Usually the first exit on either side is the only one with traffic backups. If you missed the concert entirely, the only reason is due to your own poor planning.

Great show. Paul came on at 9:10 and played the same set list in the same order as he did at Citi Field with one exception: He added "Michelle" in honor of the First Lady. We had no trouble getting in (15 minutes) and left one song before Sgt. Pepper's closing - and it took 90 seconds to get out.

The opening act, we thought, was a techo recording, like in an after hours club. We didn't see any DJ or performer. It got annoying and repetitous after a bit of time. There were a few techo remixed Beatles' songs, but . . .

Paul looks, sounds and is a very young man. He loved the 50-plus thousand in attendance and they (we) loved him.

-dusty nathan

We wanted to get to the show early because we like TC. We left Fairfax at 5:30pm, wallowed through the backup around the Wilson Bridge, and parked at the stadium close to 7:00pm. We got through the gates, bought food, and were in our seats by 7:30pm.

When we left, we stopped at the souvenir stand before leaving, but didn't find any TC items. The stadium was mostly empty by the time we went to the car, about 12:30am. We got back to Fairfax in about an hour.

Since TC was not INTRODUCED, I had no idea who these two guys were. I thought they were testing the sound (!!!!!!), but did not understand why it took them so long to do so. ;-)
It would have been nice for them to have been introduced!!!!
Anyway, Paul was incredible (sigh)!! We had no problems with traffic at all since we arrived at around 4:30 pm and tail gated - very relaxing - could hear Paul rehearsing a bit while there.
Only concern were the bathrooms - simply terrible -really bad on the part of FedEx Field management. Other than that, fantastic night!!!!
Sal from Pittsburgh

Great show - Paul is quite simply the best! After the show, I couldn't get a tee shirt. Anyone know how I can get two tees, one large and one extra large?

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