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Paul McCartney Surprises New York—Twice

Sir Paul McCartney seems to get a kick out of surprising people, particularly in New York. This week, in promotion of his upcoming album New, the ex-Beatle and current music icon surprised audiences with pop-up shows, not once, but twice.

The first surprise show took place Wednesday at a high school assembly, of all places. Students of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens were called in to the concert hall, then told when they arrived that Paul McCartney was there to perform for them. He came out with his full touring band and played a full set of music, complete with several breaks for Q&A. (Makes you wish you were a student there, doesn’t it?)

But the surprises weren’t over yet. Thursday afternoon, McCartney showed up on a flatbed truck stage in Times Square to play a short-but-sweet four-song set. Fans were alerted to the show by a single tweet on McCartney’s Twitter account a few hours prior, but it was enough to draw a crowd out to see him. “I’ll be putting a little hat out here later. We’re basically busking,” the singer quipped.

New officially drops next Tuesday. Meanwhile, keep your eyes peeled. Apparently, you never know when (or where) Sir Paul McCartney is going to show up.

(Photo: Fiona/Flickr/Wikimedia)

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David Tillman is an independent composer/arranger whose primary work involves writing jingles for commercials for radio and television, with several film and television placements to his credit as well. David has a fascination for all things related to the music business and the music industry in general, an obsession which his wife finds to be mildly unhealthy at times. His personal tastes in music are in electronica and industrial rock, and include The Chemical Brothers, Daft Punk and Nine Inch Nails (he loves that Trent Reznor is writing soundtracks!). When not in his office or in his man-cave, David enjoys skiing, hiking, the occasional game of golf, and sometimes just lounging by the pool. David lives with his wife and three children in Los Angeles, CA.

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