What a crowd, what a night, what a set: Paul McCartney and his band played a two hour set of mostly Beatles songs and some solo rarities for a lucky few hundred people tonight. McCartney took over the smallish Irving Plaza, run now by LiveNation, and charged just $40 a ticket. Of course, prices on CraigsList were up to $500 by the time McCartney hit the stage with “Eight Days a Week.”
In the crowd were Meryl Streep, Lorne Michaels, Fred Armisen, Steve Buscemi, Jim Carrey, Maureen and Steve van Zandt, Chris Rock, Peter Asher among the A-listers.
The set included “Let it Be,” “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “Drive My Car,” “All My Loving,” “Back in the USSR,” “OblaDi Obla Da,” “Lady Madonna,” “Hey Jude,” “We Can Work it Out,” and the “Golden Slumbers” medley that ends “Abbey Road.” McCartney also threw in great solo hits like “Maybe I’m Amazed,” “Another Day,” “Every Night,” “Jet,” “Let Me Roll It,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.”
McCartney, who will play live on “SNL 40” on Sunday night, joked before “USSR” about playing in Russia. He said a fan had told him he’d learned English listening to Beatles songs. “Hello, goodbye,” he offered.
McCartney at nearly 73 just keeps rocking, and sounding youthful and energetic as ever.
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