Watch Paul McCartney Play Two Beatles Classics For The First Time Solo

Of course, every single day is a seismic anniversary of some kind for Paul McCartney now (today, for example, is 50 years since The Beatles recorded ‘Paperback Writer’ and ‘Rain’ in Abbey Road Studio 3).

And last night in Fresno, California, he doffed his moptop to his past by playing two stone-cold Beatles classics for the first time as a solo artist.

Here’s ‘A Hard Day’s Night’, last performed by The Beatles in 1965:

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And here, at roughly one hour three minutes, is ‘Love Me Do’, performed in its original style by Macca for the first time since 1964:

The show, McCartney’s first of a new world tour, also saw him dust off pre-Beatles track ‘In Spite Of All The Danger’, originally written by his and John Lennon’s schoolboy band The Quarrymen.

McCartney’s full setlist at Fresno was:

A Hard Day’s Night (from A Hard Days Night, 1964)
Save Us (from New, 2013)
Can’t Buy Me Love (from A Hard Days Night, 1964)
Letting Go (from Venus and Mars, 1975)
Temporary Secretary (from McCartney II, 1980)
Let Me Roll It (from Band On The Run, 1973)
I’ve Got A Feeling (from Let It Be, 1970)
My Valentine (from Kisses On The Bottom, 2012)
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five (from Band On The Run, 1973)
Here There and Everywhere (from Revolver, 1966)
Maybe I’m Amazed (from McCartney, 1969)
We Can Work It Out (single 1965)
In Spite Of All the Danger
You Won’t See Me (from Rubber Soul, 1965)
Love Me Do (from Please Please Me, 1963)
And I Love Her (from A Hard Days Night, 1964)
Blackbird (from The Beatles, 1968)
Here Today (from Tug of War, 1982)
Queenie Eye (from New, 2013)
New (from New, 2013)
The Fool In The Hill (from Magical Mystery Tour, 1967)
Lady Madonna (single 1968)
FourFiveSeconds (single 2015)
Eleanor Rigby (from Revolver, 1966)
Being For The Benefit of Mr Kite
Something (from Abbey Road, 1969)
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da (from The Beatles, 1968)
Band On The Run (from Band On The Run, 1973)
Back In The USSR (from The Beatles, 1968)
Let It Be (from Let It Be, 1970)
Live and Let Die (single 1973)
Hey Jude (single 1968)

Yesterday (from Help, 1965)
Hi Hi Hi (single, 1972)
Birthday (from The Beatles, 1968)
Golden Slumbers (from Abbey Road, 1969)
Carry That Weight(from Abbey Road, 1969)
The End (from Abbey Road, 1969)

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