Paul McCartney Plays Concert at Abbey Road Studios

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Paul McCartney played the second – of what is expected to be a number of private concerts at smaller venues – when he performed on July 23 in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios. He had announced the London concert on July 18 on several of his social media platforms.

The 76-year-old played a 23-song set that featured music from throughout his career, including several from his upcoming release. Among those in attendance were three of his adult children, Mary, Stella and James, as well as celebrity guests Johnny Depp, Orlando Bloom and Nile Rodgers.

But first, McCartney walked across the Abbey Road crosswalk made famous by the Beatles on the iconic album cover, that’s been reenacted by countless fans. The Beatles’ Abbey Road photo shoot took place on August 8, 1969.

On June 9, he played a shorter, surprise concert in a Liverpool pub, which was taped for his episode of James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke.” These dates are in advance of his “Freshen Up” tour, his first outing following the release of his new studio album, Egypt Station, coming Sept. 7 on Capitol Records. (McCartney recorded portions of the upcoming release at Abbey Road Studios.) As of July 23, the tour consists of 12 dates in Canada, the U.K., Poland and Austria. (See dates below.)

Watch McCartney stroll on the Abbey Road crosswalk

Paul McCartney, July 23, 2018, Abbey Road Studios, Setlist

A Hard Day’s Night
Junior’s Farm
One After 909
Drive My Car
Come On to Me
I’ve Got a Feeling
I’ve Just Seen a Face
Confidante
Love Me Do
We Can Work it Out
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Lady Madonna
Who Cares
Got to Get You Into My Life
Fuh You
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Encore
I Wanna Be Your Man
Get Back
Back in the U.S.S.R.

Encore 2
Birthday
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
Helter Skelter

Paul McCartney 2018 Tour Dates (Tickets for the North American dates are available here and here)

Sep 17 – Quebec City, QC – Videotron Centre
Sep 20 – Montreal, QC – Bell Centre
Sep 28 – Winnipeg, MB – Bell MTS Place
Sep 30 – Edmonton, AB – Rogers Place
Oct 05 – Austin, TX – Zilker Park
Oct 12 – Austin, TX – Zilker Park
Dec 03 – Krakow, Poland – Tauron Arena
Dec 05 – Vienna, Austria – Vienna Stadhalle
Dec 06 – Vienna, Austria – Vienna Stadhalle
Dec 12 – Liverpool, UK – Echo Arena
Dec 14 – Glasgow, UK – SSE Hydro
Dec 16 – London, UK – 02 Arena

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