July 23, 2009

Forty-five years after he first rocked the joint with the Beatles on the ED SULLIVAN SHOW in 1964, Sir Paul McCartney returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater last week as a guest on the LATE SHOW WITH DAVID LETTERMAN. It was the first time the legend had appeared on the show — a fact that Letterman called attention to, drawing the following pithy response from Sir Paul: “I don’t like the show.”

McCartney then stopped traffic — playing to a massive crowd of fans — by launching into a mini-concert atop the studio’s outdoor marquee. The set included “Let Me Roll It,” “Helter Skelter,” “Back in the U.S.S.R,” “Band on the Run,” “Get Back,” and a song from his new ELECTRIC ARGUMENTS release (as “The Fireman”), “Sing the Changes.”

Publicist Cid Swank was working on a film in the city when she braved the throng to take these photos, and share them with GUITAR PLAYER and BASS PLAYER readers.




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