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Paul McCartney plays surprise concert for NYC high school students

10/10/2013

Paul McCartney gave an unannounced Q&A session and album release party for his New album yesterday (October 9th) in New York City, according to USA Today. The former Beatle appeared during a special "master class" at Queen's Frank Sinatra School of the Arts. McCartney gave several shout-outs to his wife Nancy Shevell, who was with him celebrating their second wedding anniversary -- and next Tuesday's album release (October 15th) -- while answering some of the kids' questions and playing a 13-song set.

"Macca" was asked about the greatest lesson he learned over the course of career, and answered, "When I first started out, I was terrified of doing anything wrong on stage. People don't mind. In fact, people kind of like it. It doesn't matter as much as you think it does. You can relax a bit more." On where he gets his inspiration: "You get it from a lot of things. I often use the past, things that have happened to me in the past. If it's a love song, that would be my loved ones."

When asked if he plans to retire, McCartney said: "Thank you very much, but no. The truth is, because I love it so much. I could be home watching the TV right now. I'd rather be here."

Paul McCartney told us that there's no big meaning to the chorus of his latest single, "Queenie Eye," which is based around the sing-song chorus of a post-war English street game: "I just liked the rhythm of 'Queenie Eye, Queenie Eye, who's got the. . .' So, I ended up in the studio, and we made it into 'Queenie Eye.'"

New was recorded in no less than six different studios in New York, Los Angeles, London, and at McCartney's home studio in Sussex, England. McCartney says that it's important switching it up during the recording process: "'Cause, y'know, if you record in the same place all the time, it sometimes can become like a job of work and you don't want music to become like that. You want it to always be playing. You feel like you're playing at it and just fun really, 'cause I think you get the best results that way. And that's how we all started. We didn't get into it for a job. Y'know, we got into it to avoid a job, in truth. And get lots of girls -- okay, that's the other truth."

McCartney's setlist on October 9th, 2013 at Queen's Frank Sinatra School of the Arts (via Rolling Stone):

"Eight Days A Week"
"Save Us" *** from New
"Jet"
(Q&A)
"New" *** from New
"Lady Madonna"
(Q&A)
"We Can Work It Out"
"Everybody Out There" *** from New
"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"


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