Paul McCartney Rocks Letterman

Paul McCartney appeared on The Late Show With David Letterman Wednesday Night. After being interviewed for two segments, McCartney played two songs from atop the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theater.

McCartney and his band performed “Get Back” and “Sing the Changes” from his latest album Electric Arguments.

Paul’s old band, The Beatles (maybe you’ve heard of them) made rooftop concerts cool back in the late 60’s.


In 1964, The Beatles launched the British Invasion and made their U.S. television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. The studio Sullivan used is now being used by Letterman.

As you might expect news of McCartney’s performance spread and by the time he ascended to the marquee thousands of fans had gathered to watch the impromptu and free concert.

Sir Paul is in town to play three shows at the New York Mets’ new ballpark, Citi Field. In 1964, the Beatles played at the Mets’ old home, Shea Stadium


After the broadcast concluded, McCartney played five more songs: “Band on the Run,” “Let Me Roll It,” “Helter Skelter” and “Back in the U.S.S.R.”

In between tunes, he joked with the crowd and implored the police to let him play longer. As it was, he quit around 6 P.M. Eastern.


For being in his late 60’s, McCartney sounded great and performed with a lot of vim.

The interview segments were also quite delightful. McCartney was very funny, witty and sharp as a tack. Paul was the epitome of cool.


McCartney talked about playing on the Ed Sullivan Show, the “Paul is Dead” rumor and Michael Jackson—he spoke highly of the King Of Pop but did insinuate that Jackson screwed him in matters of business.


An awkward moment occurred when McCartney asked Letterman how many people were watching his show. Letterman should have said about 3.68 million viewers, about a million more than watch The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.

Even better for McCartney, every one of those 3.68 million viewers remember seeing The Beatles on Ed Sullivan. While the 2.82 million people who turn in to watch Conan don’t even remember Wings.

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