Wow! Paul McCartney Surprises High School in Queens, NY with 90-Minute Musical Set. He Sang a Number of Beatles Songs, Including ‘Eight Days a Week,’ ‘Back in the USSR,’ and ‘Hey Jude’

October 11, 2013  •  Post A Comment

"This beats going to class," Paul McCartney said with a big smile after taking the stage for a surprise performance at a performing arts high school in Astoria, Queens this afternoon," reports Rolling Stone.

McCartney and his band showed up for the surprise concert on Wednesday, Oct.9, 2013, at the auditorium of the Frank Sinatra School for the Arts, the story says, which was filled with 400 students.

The article continues, "McCartney and his band played a full set of 13 songs, including three selections from his upcoming album New (due out next week) and plenty of Beatles and Wings classics – performing each one with all the boundless enthusiasm he brought to arenas and stadiums on his Out There world tour this year. Astoria native Tony Bennett, who founded the school in 2001, was in attendance, as was McCartney’s wife, Nancy Shevell, celebrating their second anniversary.  The show was filmed by iHeartRadio, and will be streamed on ClearChannel radio stations and online on Yahoo! on Monday, October 14th."

According to the story here’s the song list:

Set List:
"Eight Days a Week"
"Save Us"
"Jet"
(Q&A)
"New"
"Lady Madonna"
(Q&A)
"We Can Work It Out"
"Everybody Out There"
"Blackbird"
(Q&A)
"Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
(Q&A)
"Band on the Run"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Hey Jude"

To read about some of the questions the kids asked McCartney, and his answers, please click on the link above and go to the complete Rolling Stone story.

Paul McCartney at Frank Sinatra HS in Astoria, NY on Oct. 9 2013.jpgStudents at Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Astoria, Queens Cheer Paul McCartney

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  1. That had to be about the coolest experience ever for these students. Gotta give McCartney all the credit for being so active and relevant in today’s music scene!

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