Paul McCartney Abbey Road Concert Film Due

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When Paul McCartney played the second – of a number of private concerts at smaller venues – on July 23 in Studio 2 at Abbey Road Studios, fans were banned from using their smartphones. Now we know why. He announced on September 13 that a documentary of the performance will premiere on Friday, September 14 on Spotify. The streaming service teased the film, Under the Staircase, on its social media platforms. Click here.


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.

McCartney at the Abbey Road crosswalk prior to his performance

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 were in advance of his “Freshen Up” tour, his first outing following the release of his new studio album, Egypt Station, which arrived Sept. 7 on Capitol Records. As of September 13, the tour consists of 25 dates in Canada, the U.K., Europe and Japan. (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
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

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

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

Paul McCartney 2018-2019 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
Oct 31 – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome
Nov 01 – Tokyo, Japan – Tokyo Dome
Nov 08 – Nagoya, Japan – Nagoya Dome
Nov 28 – Paris, France – U-Arena
Nov 30 – Copenhagen, Denmark – Royal Arena
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

May 23 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Arena
May 27 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
May 30 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Jun 01 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Jun 03 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Jun 06 – Madison, WI – Kohl Center
Jun 11 – Moline, IL – Taxslayer Center
Jun 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena

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