Paul McCartney live: Irving Plaza, New York

Paul McCartney performed a special show at Manhattan’s Irving Plaza for Valentine’s Day night.

The concert had been rumoured for several days, and was confirmed by McCartney’s Twitter account the morning of the show.

Tickets went on sale at 1-0am ET at just $40, with a limit of one per person. Fans were given numbered wristbands and told to attend the venue at 9.30pm. The upper balcony was reserved for celebrity guests.

McCartney and his band took to the stage shortly after 11pm, and performed a set lasting a little over 90 minutes.

Celebrities in the audience included John Kerry, Steve Martin, Bruce Springsteen, Eddie Murphy, Emma Stone, Tom Hanks, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig, Billy Crystal, Chris Rock, Meryl Streep, Lorne Michaels, Steve Buscemi, and Steve van Zandt.

McCartney’s band was Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens (vocals, keyboards, guitar, percussion, harmonica), Brian Ray (vocals, guitar, bass), Rusty Anderson (vocals, guitar), and Abe Laboriel Jr (vocals, drums).

The 26-song setlist included a rare version of The Beatles’ One After 909, and a cover version of The Crickets’ It’s So Easy.

Last updated: 21 June 2022
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