Paul McCartney VR, Live at Candlestick Park, was recorded on August 14, 2014 in San Francisco. The Beatles last ever concert together happened at this venue in August of 1966, and coming back full circle, Mr. McCartney’s 2014 performance was also the last major event to happen at the venue before being closed permanently. As far as this app goes, there’s good news and bad news here for Paul McCartney fans.
First, the good: the app is a very cool virtual reality experience that places you right on the stage with Mr. McCartney as he performs to a sold out crowd at Candlestick Park. The app actually uses two different locations onstage, with one offering nice close up views of Paul on the piano as he sings his iconic James Bond tune, Live and Let Die, from the movie bearing the same name.
The camera shifts from the two views seamlessly, and gives fans the rare opportunity to be right there on stage with this Beatles icon. It’s actually really cool to see him tickling the ivories up close like that. Even cooler, is you get a glimpse of what it might be like to perform in front of a stadium filled with fans, because you can turn away from Paul, force yourself, and get a gander of the crowd of screaming fans from the stage. It’s totally cool, especially when the fireworks and pyro start going off at the end of the number.
And now for the bad news: the app only offers one song. That’s it. Nothing else. You can watch it as many times as you like, and revel in all its 360 degree glory, but only for that one number.
Paul McCartney VR is a clear signal that VR technology is coming to the forefront and will soon be mainstream. But for now, we’ll have to be happy with these brief demos. But it all points to a very exciting future for VR fans.