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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Paul McCartney delivered a surprise performance at a New York School on Wednesday.
Former The Beatles frontman, Paul, took his solo act to the Big Apple to sing at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.
He sang impromptu tunes after doing a question and answer session for iHeartRadio with 400 students.
The session was hosted by Clear Channel Classic Rock WAXQ (Q104.3) radio presenter Jim Kerr, reports New York Daily News.
“This beats going to class,” the 71-year-old told those in the audience. He performed 13 songs including tracks from his old band such as Back in the U.S.S.R.
Paul told the teenagers that fame has provided liberation for him as through his music he can give the audience “something they didn’t know they wanted from you.”
It was to promote his new album, New, which is out from October 15 and the gig will air on the Clear Channel’s Oldies, Classic Rock, Classic Hits, and AC stations at 9pm EST October 14.
It can also be heard on iHeartRadio.com as well as Yahoo! and is not the first time Paul allowed fans to view his live act for free.
He shut down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California late last month when he did a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on top of the El Capitan threatre.
Paul cracked joked with the 10,000 person-strong crowd that turned out saying to those at the back: “You alright back there … in Santa Monica?”
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Patrick Dempsey says Sir Paul McCartney made him a star.
The actor appeared on Jimmy Kimmel’s talk show this week and said the music icon is responsible for his success.
Patrick starred in a 1987 film called Can’t Buy Me Love, which is also the name of a famous Beatles song. But according to Patrick, the film was almost a dud due to a different name.
“It was originally called Boy Rents Girl. I know, it sounds like a porno film!” Patrick told talk show host Jimmy Kimmel during an appearance on his show.
“And then one of the executives said, ‘We need to come up with a new title, this is not testing well.’ And somebody said, ‘Let’s call it Can’t Buy Me Love and get the Beatles song,’ and the rest is history. I was surprised they spent the money on it!”
Patrick went on to joke that although the film launched his career, he only received around $5,000 for it – less than they paid to use the song.
And he used that money to buy himself a nice car.
“I bought a car with it – a 1963 365 Porsche convertible. Smartest move I ever made! I still have it, I drive it all the time!” he laughed.
Patrick stars in TV medical drama Grey’s Anatomy, which will soon air its 200th episode.
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