Paul Brings The Love To New York
Fans will have seen that Paul had a great GRAMMY weekend. The world premiere performance of his 'FourFiveSeconds' collaboration with Rihinna and Kanye West received the thumbs up from fans and critics alike around the globe and also saw Paul trending worldwide on Twitter.
How do you follow such a lively weekend? Always one to enjoy a fun impromptu event, Paul decided to book in a surprise Valentine's Day show at the intimate Irving Plaza in New York City!
The gig was announced here at PaulMcCartney.com on Saturday morning and with only a few hundred tickets available, fans made a beeline to the venue in the hope of snapping them up.
The gig was the hottest ticket in town on Saturday night attended by Meryl Streep, Tom Hanks, Bradley Cooper, Leonardo DiCaprio, Steve Martin, Eddie Murphy, Steve Buscemi, Chris Rock, David Blaine, Emma Stone, Amy Poehler, Kristen Wiig, Olivia Wilde and Gary Barlow – to name just a handful! Even US Secretary of State John Kerry turned up, as did Saturday Night Live producer Lorne Michaels (more of which further down…).
Paul took to the stage around 11pm and played a searing 2 hour club set including dropping rose petals during 'My Valentine', dedicated to his wife Nancy.
Irving Plaza setlist:
'Eight Days a Week'
'All My Loving'
'One After 909'
'Let Me Roll It'
'Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five'
'Maybe I'm Amazed'
'I've Just Seen a Face'
'It's So Easy'
'We Can Work It Out'
'And I Love Her'
'Drive My Car'
'Back in the USSR'
'Let It Be'
'Carry That Weight'
And never one to rest on his laurels, Sunday also saw Paul appearing on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary show, broadcast live from "30 Rock". Paul and his band performed a blistering version of 'Maybe I'm Amazed'.
As ever, tour photographer MJ Kim was on hand to capture the weekend for us. Check out his photos below, and we'd love to hear if you got into the Irving Plaza show or watched Paul's SNL performance, so let us know in the comments…
Irving Plaza soundcheck
Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversay soundcheck
On stage at Irving Plaza
Performing 'Maybe I'm Amazed' on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary show