paul mccartney 226x300 McCartney Up on Lettermans RoofPaul McCartney will brace himself ‘ literally ‘ when he makes his first appearance ever on David Letterman this Wednesday.

McCartney and his band will play not on the stage of the Ed Sullivan Theater but on its marquee, this column has learned.

Of course, McCartney played many times with the Beatles on the Sullivan stage some 45 years ago.

I’m told the marquee will be braced from below and that only Paul and his band will be up on the roof. The audience will remain indoors. Letterman presumably will, too.

Broadway ‘ already a traffic nightmare thanks to Mayor Bloomberg’s office ‘ will be shut down for several blocks during rush hour Wednesday to accomplish this feat.

Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. He wrote the Intelligencer column for NY Magazine in the mid 90s, reporting on the OJ Simpson trial, as well as for the real Parade magazine (when it was owned by Conde Nast), and has written for the New York Observer, Details, Vogue, Spin, the New York Times, NY Post, Washington Post, and NY Daily News among many publications. He is the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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