Paul McCartney put on a surprise performance in New York City’s Times Square on Thursday.
The 71-year-old ex-Beatle announced his afternoon show on Twitter earlier in the morning, stating he was “excited” about the spontaneous 15-minute gig.
According to Page Six, Paul “arrived in Times Square via yellow taxi, then got on a stage to perform three songs from his new album, New”.
Paul belted out Save Us and Everybody Out There and he interacted with concertgoers throughout.
“I’ll put a little hat out here later. We’re basically busking,” he joked with the crowd, stating later on in the show, “Let’s try and do this the same time tomorrow. We only have 15 minutes up here. Andy Warhol predicted I would get 15 minutes of fame.”
On Wednesday Paul also took his solo act to the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
During the question and answer session for iHeartRadio, he spoke to 400 students about the hardships he faced at the beginning of his career.
“When I first started out, I was terrified of doing anything wrong on stage,” he revealed to the audience. “People don’t mind. In fact, people kind of like it. It doesn’t matter as much as you think it does. You can relax a bit more.”
Paul’s forthcoming album New will reach stores next week.
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Sir Paul McCartney reportedly banned Facebook, drugs and meat from the set of his new music video.
The Beatles legend is filming a promotional clip for his new single Queenie Eye and according to UK newspaper The Sun he has strict guidelines for members of the cast and crew.
The outlet reports the vegetarian crooner laughingly prohibited meat eaters from getting their fix while working on the project, banned non-prescription medication and all social media use for those hired on the job.
Producers apparently took the directive with the utmost seriousness.
“It was meant as a joke but, still, you would be out on your ear if you ignored the memo,” a source said. “Anyone found on Twitter, Facebook or nibbling a ham sandwich would be rejected immediately. Drug consumption might be harder to prove, but still… ” the insider added.
According to the report, the video clip is being filmed at north London’s infamous Abbey Road Studios.
Several stars are expected to make cameos, including Johnny Depp and Sean Penn. Brad Pitt was also attached the project at one point but the actor is believed to have dropped out due to scheduling conflicts.
Sir Paul’s forthcoming album, New, is scheduled for release October 14.
The music legend is scheduled to speak to fans about the project during his first-ever live Twitter Q&A at 2.40pm UK time Wednesday using #askMacca.
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