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Wednesday
Oct092013

Paul McCartney Plays Surprise Gig at Queens, NY, Middle School; Performance to Stream on Yahoo!

MJ Kim/MPL Communications Ltd.How's this for a surprise high school assembly?  Students at Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens, were treated to an unannounced 13-song set and question-and-answer session with none other that Paul McCartney on Wednesday afternoon.

The event lasted 90 minutes and was filmed to be streamed on Yahoo.com at 9 p.m. Monday, October 14, Newsday reports.

McCartney and his band played three songs from his upcoming NEW album, including the title track, which he dedicated to wife Nancy Shevell, who was on hand as the couple celebrated their second wedding anniversary.  The set list also included a variety of Beatles and Wings songs that ranged from "Blackbird" and "We Can Work It Out" to "Band on the Run" and "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," Rolling Stone reports.

Although the audience of 400 aspiring performing artists were decades from being born when The Beatles broke up, Rolling Stone notes, they seemed mainly interested in McCartney's days as a young performer.

When one girl asked about the greatest lesson McCartney learned early on, he responded, "When we first started out, I was terrified of doing anything wrong on stage.  But then I learned that people don't mind.  They actually kind of like it!" 

The school's founder, legendary crooner Tony Bennett, also was in attendance.

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