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    Long before Kanye West was even born, Paul McCartney was making hits that would stand the test of time. To celebrate his accomplishments, Tony Kishman and the Louisville Orchestra are presenting Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney. This tribute concert is a part of the Louisville Orchestra’s Pops series. Tony Kishman is no stranger to Beatles and Paul McCartney tribute concerts. He has toured worldwide with several productions. I had the great opportunity to speak to Kishman about his career and the upcoming show.

    When asked for his Beatles’ story, Kishman explained that he became a fan at a very young age and grew with the band. “When I first started out, I was like anybody else. I saw them on the Ed Sullivan show. When I saw the Beatles, I fell in love with them just like all of America, but I didn’t really know a whole lot. I was very young… I was particularly impressed with Paul because I thought he was really cool… And then I grew with the Beatles just like everyone else. It wasn’t until I was in my teens that I was really, really focused on their music as playing their music. I became a musician and began to learn how to play guitar and so forth. From that point on, I was really seriously more of a Beatles fan as a musician.” Later, Kishman auditioned and got the part of Paul McCartney in the show Beatlemania, which toured the world. Since then, he’s been in several other Beatles productions including Twist and Shout, Classical Mystery Tour, and Live and Let Die.

    The worst question you can ask a Beatles fan is “what’s your favorite Beatles’ song?” There are so many to choose from, but Tony Kishman didn’t hesitate. “I love the song The Long and Winding Road. It’s a very meaningful, very deep song.” When asked about his favorites to perform, he mentioned Uncle Albert and Silly Love Songs. He eluded that Silly Love Songs isn’t one of his favorites when it comes to listening, but it is a challenge to play. “When you’re on the other side of a song, it’s interesting how you can get behind it or not,” he explains.

    What can you expect at the Live and Let Die show? According to Kishman, “If you could imagine Paul McCartney standing onstage with a full symphony orchestra and a band behind him, that’s what it’s going to be like. And I do all of his number one hits. So, whether it’s number one Beatles, number one Wings, number one solo, it’s all of the songs that he’s made number one.”

    Live and Let Die: The Music of Paul McCartney will take place on April 11th at 8pm in Whitney Hall of the Kentucky Center. Tickets range in price from $26-$69 and can be purchased on the Kentucky Center’s website. To catch a glimpse of Live and Let Die or to find out more about the show, visit for the latest videos, photos, and tour information. For more information about the Louisville Orchestra, visit their website at




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    Hi! My name is Jenna. I am a music teacher at a primary school. I love teaching because you get to feel like a rockstar without all the fuss of being famous. My hobbies include cosplay, reading, music, traveling, and collecting vintage clothes and records.

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