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First live rendition
Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1pm this afternoon!Paul McCartney – From Twitter
Come on down to Times Square… It’s all going to be happening there!Paul McCartney – From Twitter
Paul McCartney continued his guerilla concert dates Thursday, turning up to play a terse set before a surprised lunch time crowd in Times Square. The four song showcase arrived just one day after the ex-Beatle played a full 13 song set – and conducted a “master class” Q&A session- with students gathered in the auditorium of the Frank Sinatra High School in Astoria, Queens.
McCartney has been performing these hit-and-run shows as a p.r. move to push his first album of original songs in 6 years – aptly titled “New” – out Tuesday.
For Thursday’s event, the icon played on a stage fitted into a tractor tailor that pulled up at 46th Street and Broadway, by the TXS Booth.
The affable star appeared with his usual four man band, who offered songs from the new disc, including the punky hard “Save Us” and the audience sing-along “Everybody Out There.” No Beatles or Wings songs were performed.
“You’re a lovely audience,” McCartney said before ending his 15 minute show. “Let’s do this the same time tomorrow – just kidding.
From paulmccartney.com, October 11, 2013:
Always a fan of impromptu events, Paul took to Times Square yesterday to do a free unannounced gig in New York City.
Paul arrived shortly after 1pm to perform four tracks from the ‘NEW’ album with his band in the back of a truck parked on 46th and Broadway.
Fans crowded around the makeshift stage to get an up-close view of Paul who commented during the event, “We only get fifteen minutes up here. Andy Warhol predicted that I would get 15 minutes of fame. This is it!” He also took time to thank the NYPD for allowing him to perform in such a busy and iconic part of the city.
Fans outside of New York were able to tune in to the event via a webcam situated in Times Square.
Last updated on March 7, 2021
This was the 1st and only concert played at Times Square.