Sir Paul strikes again with impromptu gig
LONDON, UK - Paul McCartney played a surprise gig at London's Covent Garden on Friday, October 18, drawing a crowd of hundreds as he and his band performed half a dozen songs from the back of a truck.
The 71-year-old former Beatle played a colorful piano and riffed on the guitar, in his typically fabulous left-handed fashion, in the plaza at the center of the capital, as part of his spur-of-the-moment promotion of "New," his first album of solo material in 6 years.
The performance was announced on Twitter only minutes before it took place and many in the crowd were passers-by or office workers who popped out for a sandwich.
"Thank you, @PaulMcCartney. I can safely say that's the best lunch break I've ever had," tweeted fan James Gill.
Before this surprise, on-the-spot performance, McCartney was in New York on October 10 to do a flash concert at Times Square, surprising New Yorkers who were out for lunch.
With his former band, the Beatles, McCartney drew a huge crowd of onlookers when he and the band performed a live gig at the rooftop of Apple Building in London in 1969 - a now-lapidary moment in rock history.
Here are more photos of McCartney's Covent Garden impromptu concert: