Paul McCartney plays surprise Valentine’s Day concert in New York City

Singer plays for two hours at 1,000-person capacity venue

Paul McCartney played a surprise Valentine’s Day concert in New York last weekend.

The Beatles man played for two hours to 1,000 fans at the city’s Irving Plaza after announcing the show earlier in the day. A few hundred tickets were available at the club’s door for $40 (£26).

McCartney and his band went onstage at 11pm and played ‘Eight Days A Week’, Rolling Stone reports. In between each song, the singer had to pause to allow for the applause to subside. Guests included US Senator Cory Booker, the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, Saturday Night Live‘s Lorne Michaels, Fred Armisen and Maya Rudolph.

Before ‘One After 909’, which he wrote with John Lennon in Liverpool in the late ’50s, McCartney joked: “We’re going to continue with one of the first songs we wrote, a very long time ago, in Bethlehem.”

Amid classics ‘Let Me Roll It’, ‘Jet’, ‘Back in the USSR’ and ‘Hey Jude’, he also played a cover of Carl Perkins’ ‘Matchbox’ and a cover of The Crickets’ ‘It’s So Easy’. “We usually do these ones more at soundchecks,” McCartney said.

Paul McCartney recently collaborated with Kanye West and Rihanna on the track ‘FourFiveSeconds’. He also contributed backing vocals to West’s song ‘Only One’.

Paul McCartney played:

‘Eight Days a Week’
‘Save Us’
‘All My Loving’
‘One After 909’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five’
‘My Valentine’
‘Maybe I’m Amazed’
‘I’ve Just Seen a Face’
‘It’s So Easy’
‘Every Night’
‘Another Day’
‘We Can Work It Out’
‘And I Love Her’
‘Lady Madonna’
‘Drive My Car’
‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’
‘Back in the USSR’
‘Let It Be’
‘Hey Jude’
‘Golden Slumbers’
‘Carry That Weight’
‘The End’