Watch footage from Paul McCartney’s tiny surprise gig in California desert

Beatles legend played to just 300 people at a roadhouse venue close to the Desert Trip festival site

Paul McCartney played a tiny surprise gig for just 300 lucky fans last night (October 13) ahead of his performance at the second weekend of Desert Trip festival.

The Beatles legend announced his impromptu performance at Pappy & Harriet’s, a small roadhouse venue in Pioneertown near to the California festival’s site, at 10am on the day. Tickets, priced at $50 (£40) each, were made available on a first come, first served basis.

Local newspaper The Desert Sun reports that Josh Homme, who grew up in the area, was among the small number of fans in attendance. As he took to the stage, McCartney told the crowd jokingly: “This is the biggest gig we ever played!”


Watch footage of McCartney and his band playing ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ at Pappy & Harriet’s below.

McCartney’s 22-song set at Pappy & Harriet’s included Beatles, Wings and solo songs spanning his entire career. “We loved rocking at the Roadhouse! Small surprise gig in the desert (Pioneertown),” he wrote as he shared a picture on Instagram. Check out the full set list below.

‘Save Us’
‘A Hard Days Night’
‘Junior’s Farm’
‘Can’t Buy Me Love’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘I Got A Feeling’
‘My Valentine’
‘We Can Work It Out’
‘I’ve Just Seen A Face’
‘Love Me Do’
‘Queenie Eye’
‘Lady Madonna ‘
‘Day Tripper’
‘ob la di ob la da’
‘Letting Go’
‘Band On The Run’
‘Back In The USSR’
‘Hey Jude’


‘Hi Hi Hi’
‘I Saw Her Standing There’