Photos, video: Paul McCartney played Times Square today

The legendary musician played four songs on a flatbed truck to promote his new album, New.

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  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

  • Photograph: Jenny Evans

    Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

Photograph: Jenny Evans

Paul McCartney surprise concert in Times Square

Here's a piece of advice: If Paul McCartney ever plays a free surprise set anywhere near you, drop whatever you're doing at the time and just go. After playing to a crowd of high-school students in Queens yesterday, the legendary musician tweeted earlier that he'd drop by Times Square for a surprise performance this afternoon. And so he did: Macca and his band took to a makeshift stage on a flatbed truck parked at 46th Street and Broadway around 1:15pm, and proceeded to rip through four songs from his latest album, New, which comes out on Tuesday, October 15.


Despite the setting—the crowd was penned in between 46th and 47th Streets, with the usual Times Square bustle happening on all sides—the short performance felt oddly intimate. It's not every day that you get to see such an iconic artist outside of a huge stadium setting, so to be standing within ten yards of such a huge talent—a freaking Beatle, no less—was pretty thrilling. Plus, McCartney is a consummate performer; in his allotted 15 minutes, he cracked jokes and played the affable frontman, and actually sounded pretty damn good, too.


Check out photos from the set above, and a short video clip (courtesy of TONY pal David Jacobson, of TrivWorks) below.



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