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From Hollywood Reporter, June 5, 2013:
Stephen Colbert is expanding his Comedy Central program for Paul McCartney.
The Colbert Report — normally a half-hour program — will air a one-hour episode on Wednesday, June 12, from 11:30 p.m.-12:30 a.m. ET/PT. The supersized episode will feature an interview with the Beatles member and songs currently performed on the singer’s current Out There tour.
This marks McCartney’s first musical appearance on the late-night satirical news program. McCartney first appeared on The Colbert Report back in January 2009 for the “Better Know a Beatle” segment.
“I think this McCartney kid’s got something special and I’m gonna put him on the map!” jokes Colbert.
From Consequence of Sound, June 13, 2013:
Paul McCartney had some time to kill in between Monday’s epic performance at Barclays Center and Friday’s sure-to-be-epic headlining set at Bonnaroo. So, he made his way over to the studios of Comedy Central, where he was undoubtedly disappointed to discover Jon Stewart away from the office filming a movie. Fortunately, Colbert’s still in town, and welcomed Macca for an extended-hour long edition of The Colbert Report.
Following a brief conversation with Colbert, which delved into the early days of Wings and their new reissue of Wings Over America, The Beatles’ evolution from pop heartthrobs to psych-rock geniuses, and the rational behind Paul, John, George, and Ringo’s decision to stop touring (basically, they couldn’t hear themselves play live due to all the screaming), Macca joined his longtime backing band for a five-song performance. The setlist included The Beatles’ “I’ve Just Seen a Face”, “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”, and “Lady Madonna”, along with Wings’ “Hi, Hi, Hi” and “Listen To What the Man Said”.
Now Sir Paul’s presence here tonight does not mean I am going to run tonight’s show any differently than usual. He may be a giant, but this is The Colbert Report, not the McCartney ReCartney. […] I call the shots in this building…I let Sir Paul know, it’s a half-hour show, you have time for one song. He immediately agreed to do an hour-long show, with six songs. (audience cheers)
So I told him that we rehearse at 5:00 and tape at 7:00, he said he had to leave by 4:00, we’ll be taping at 3 which is 7 somewhere on the Atlantic ocean. I explained that taping so early would mean we’d need him here at 11 AM for rehearsal and he agreed to get here when he got here. And as with any musical guest, we have to secure the broadcast right to their songs, clear the lyrics with legal, and, of course, nail down our lighting and camera angles so I told Sir Paul we absolutely have to know in advance what songs he’d be playing. He said, “I understand completely. I’ll decide when I get there.”
Anyway, you people are the luckiest studio audience of all time! Dig it, dig it, Daddio! This is going to be a 150-person Paul McCartney concert. You hear that, Oprah? You and your free cars can suck it.Steven Colbert – transcript from colbertnewshub.com
NEP Studio 54
This was the 1st and only concert played at NEP Studio 54.
Setlist for the concert