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Thursday, July 16, 2009

McCartney shocks New Yorkers with rooftop concert

Paul McCartney shocked thousands of New Yorkers yesterday when he played a surprise mini-concert in midtown Manhattan from the top of the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater. McCartney is in New York for his christening set of concerts for the Mets’ new stadium at Citi Field, and was scheduled to perform for Late Show With David Letterman that night. McCartney played on the roof for about half an hour, playing songs such as “Band on the Run,” “Helter Skelter,” “Get Back,” and “Back in the U.S.S.R.” He joked in between songs with the crowd, which was so big nearby street corners had to be closed off. The scene was reminiscent of the Beatles’ famous Saville Row rooftop gig, and many remembered the Beatles making their first U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show in that same building. The free show may not have been as long as McCartney’s set for his upcoming Citi Field gigs, but compared to paying $300+ for a seat at Citi Field, the New Yorkers who caught a bit of his mini-concert today are not complaining.

-Laurie Moot

Currently listening to: "The Important Thing," by These United States

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