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    Paul McCartney and The Kronos Quartet play Yesterday

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    Paul McCartney and The Kronos Quartet play Yesterday

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    Richie Unterberger
    August 10, 2013 5:40 PM

    "Live strings," marveled Paul McCartney after introducing the Kronos Quartet with his trademark thumbs-up at Outside Lands last night. "Wooh!" It doesn’t take much to get McCartney excited onstage, but clearly this was a special event even by the standards of a man who’s sung "Yesterday" hundreds if not thousands of times. He was about to sing his most popular ballad with a string quartet renowned for collaborating with and interpreting the work of major modern composers and performers, from Philip Glass and Pat Metheny to Jimi Hendrix and David Bowie.

    Kronos Quartet's appearance with McCartney might be considered appropriate, given they were termed "classical music's own Fab Four" by Rolling Stone back in 1987. The group is known for edgier collaborations when they hook up with rock musicians, as when they contributed to David Byrne's True Stories. When they've tackled rock classics on their own, most famously Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze," they are not exactly known for straightforward interpretations. Yet they're nothing if not versatile, and when the occasion demands, they can play it fairly straight, as they did Friday night on "Yesterday."





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