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Yesterday, Sir McCartney graced the stage in front of 400 students at Frank Sinatra School for the Arts (a performing arts high school in Astoria, Queens) for a surprise performance. The former Beatles/Wings/solo mastermind said in his lovably endearing voice, “This beats going to class.” McCartney and his phenomenal band played 13 songs (setlist below) that included Beatles and Wings classics as well as songs off his upcoming album, New.
The performance, which was on the birthday of John Lennon (who would have been 73), was attended by Astoria native Tony Bennett (founder of the school) and McCartney’s wife Nancy Shevell. And, like with most big events Macca does, the show was filmed (by iHeartRadio) and will be streaming on Monday Oct. 14th (through ClearChannel stations and online at Yahoo!).
After his set, McCartney answered questions from the students. One student shouted out informally “How are you?” He said in his lilting accent, “Groovy.” Another asked, “How can one mind create so many memorable melodies?” He replied “Uh…I don’t know. I just love what I do.”
His new album comes out next week. See the full setlist below:
“Eight Days a Week”
“We Can Work It Out”
“Everybody Out There”
“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!”
“Band on the Run”
“Back in the U.S.S.R.”