New York Cops Get Paul McCartney to the Show On Time
Paul McCartney is no stranger to setting world records; he is listed by the Guinness World Records as the most successful pop musician of all time.
Last Friday, 18th July 2008, it looks like Paul might just have set another world record as he made it from New Yorks JFK Airport to Shea Stadium in an incredible 15 minutes with the help of the New York Police Department. Paul dropped in as an extra special surprise guest at Billy Joels farewell to Shea Stadium show.
Throughout the day there had been rumours that Paul might be joining Billy on stage, but as the curtain went up there was no sign of musics revered icon. Billy took to the stage at 9pm, as Paul McCartney was thousands of feet up in the air making his way from London to New York. Pauls flight touched down 2 hours later at 11pm at JFK airport. Paul rushed off the plane with his legendary Hofner bass guitar in hand and got straight into a waiting car flanked by NYPD police cars and bikes.
Throughout the flight the NYPD had stayed in contact with air traffic controllers to ensure no time was lost. The fleet made it to Shea Stadium in just 15 minutes. Just before 11:20pm Paul jumped on stage, surprising not only Billy Joel but also the sold out audience as he launched straight into I Saw Her Standing There. Its so cool to be here on the last night,Paul told the 55,000 strong audience. I came here a long time ago. We had a blast that night and were having another one tonight. Paul then closed the night with his seminal anthem Let It Be, with Billy Joel on backing vocals.
Paul McCartney first performed at Shea Stadium with The Beatles in 1965, just one year after the stadium opened. The Beatles were the first band ever to ever hold a concert in a sporting stadium - yet another rock n roll first in the history books. 43 years later Paul was back to give the legendary venue a legendary send-off. Paul McCartney would like to thank the New York Police Department for helping him to the show. WireImage/Kevin Mazur Photography