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Paul McCartney @ Highline Ballroom, NYC - June 13, 2007
Paul McCartney @ Highline Ballroom

Paul McCartney stormed the stage of a small ballroom on Wednesday and delivered a 20-song set featuring Beatles favorites and select cuts from his newly released album "Memory Almost Full."

The free show for about 700 fans at the Highline Ballroom in New York's Chelsea district was hastily arranged, with McCartney's website only announcing the gig on Tuesday. Passes were distributed through a give-away on the website and to fans who lined up on Wednesday outside the venue.

The former Beatle and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer played a dozen songs from the Beatles catalogue that included opening number "Drive My Car" and Fab Four warhorses "Hey Jude," "Lady Madonna," "Let It Be" and "Get Back." The remaining songs came from the new album and other McCartney solo projects. [Reuters]

Paul McCartney @ Highline Ballroom

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"Whoopi Goldberg and Elijah Wood were hanging out up in the balcony. Whoopi was standing and singing along for the entire show while Elijah sat for the bulk of it and we only caught him singing along to 'Lady Madonna'." [Sean Henri]

And from Billboard, the SET LIST...
"Drive My Car"
"Only Mama Knows"
"Dance Tonight"
"C Moon"
"The Long and Winding Road"
"I'll Follow the Sun"
"Calico Skies"
"That Was Me"
"Blackbird"
"Here Today"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Nod Your Head"
"House of Wax"
"I've Got a Feeling"
"Matchbox"
"Get Back"
"Hey Jude"
"Let It Be"
"Lady Madonna"
"I Saw Her Standing There"

I wasn't there. I was actually over at Franz Ferdinand.

Previously
* Paul McCartney playing Highline Ballroom

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Comments (51)

I didnt see any big celebs and I was looking all around but wait all he got was Whoopi Goldberg and Elijah Wood hahahahaha I thought it was "THE SHOW OF THE YEAR". Why was Bono not there? My girlfriend saw him earlier in the day walking in Queens with a friend of his.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 2:55 AM

OMG
OMG
OMG

it's my Paul!!!

I love him,plz kill me to make myself calm

Posted by wow powerleveling | June 14, 2007 2:59 AM

I saw McCartney, Franz Ferdinand and The Pigeon Detectives + The Rakes tonight. I didn't get any pictures of Franz since I got there around 10:35 (as they were starting 40') and went straight to the balcony, but I did get

McCartney: http://vejgurl.sarahforums.com/coppermine/thumbnails/album=67.html

The Pigeon Detectives + The Rakes: http://vejgurl.sarahforums.com/coppermine/thumbnails/album=68.html

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 4:50 AM

I didnt see any big celebs and I was looking all around but wait all he got was Whoopi Goldberg and Elijah Wood hahahahaha I thought it was "THE SHOW OF THE YEAR". Why was Bono not there? My girlfriend saw him earlier in the day walking in Queens with a friend of his.

Posted by Anonymous

he's paul mccartney you idiot...no celeb in the house could have been possibly bigger than he is or in your idiotic phrasing been more than all he got... you have the nerver to write that shit and your girlfriend lives in queens? talk about a wannabee hipster borough

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 5:54 AM

"idiotic phrasing been more than all he got... you have the nerver to write that shit"

Nuff said. Kindly remove foot from mouth you stupid fuck.

But by the way, my gf lives in Manhattan but was working on something in queens, shit for brains.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 6:17 AM

"idiotic phrasing been more than all he got... you have the nerver to write that shit"

Nuff said. Kindly remove foot from mouth you stupid fuck.

But by the way, my gf lives in Manhattan but was working on something in queens, shit for brains.

what was she working on stool breath... bono's friend? ps 1 suckasses... now go pork your mama

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 6:26 AM

god. these comments just keep getting worse and worse. its like brooklyn vegan got too big for itself and now all the frat boy white hats are reading/posting.
keep it to yourself next time. go talk to a friend. leave whats supposed to be a blog about music to music.
the comments section has become the visual representation of what i now see when i walk through williamsburg. it used to have substance, and now it has, well, you.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 8:04 AM

god. these comments just keep getting worse and worse. its like brooklyn vegan got too big for itself and now all the frat boy white hats are reading/posting.
keep it to yourself next time. go talk to a friend. leave whats supposed to be a blog about music to music.
the comments section has become the visual representation of what i now see when i walk through williamsburg. it used to have substance, and now it has, well, you.

Posted by martyd | June 14, 2007 8:05 AM

god. these comments just keep getting worse and worse. its like brooklyn vegan got too big for itself and now all the frat boy white hats are reading/posting.
keep it to yourself next time. go talk to a friend. leave whats supposed to be a blog about music to music.
the comments section has become the visual representation of what i now see when i walk through williamsburg. it used to have substance, and now it has, well, you.

agreed. why are we talking about "wannabe hipster boroughs"?? that alone makes me want to stop visiting.

Posted by anonymous | June 14, 2007 8:38 AM

Well, bickering aside, I was one of the lucky few to get in. Quite a magical experience. It is dumbfounding to hear the man still sing the way he does. Highlight: I've Got a Feeling, C Moon

"Wings was the group the Beatles always wanted to be."- Homer Simpson.

Posted by Jesus | June 14, 2007 8:44 AM

The show was the best I have ever seen, period.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 9:23 AM

whoa. that is one serious toupée, Macca.

Posted by jennifer | June 14, 2007 10:07 AM

so did Jesus and Beethoven show up for the surprise encore?

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 10:12 AM

"The show was the best I have ever seen, period"

You need to get out more and see more shows then. Definately not the best.

"what was she working on stool breath... bono's friend? ps 1 suckasses... now go pork your mama"

Wow, this guy really has no shame in letting everyone know he is a complete idiot. It's really shocking he posted as Anonymous.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 10:35 AM

" It's really shocking he posted as Anonymous.

Posted by Anonymous"

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 10:42 AM

All it takes to remind you what music really should be are The Beatles, Buddy Holly, Sam Cooke and Leadbelly.

Posted by M | June 14, 2007 10:52 AM

I love me some beatles, and wings, and think he is generally an all around nice chap.

But after reading that newyorker piece, if I were there i would have just felt....sad. sorry.

Posted by josef | June 14, 2007 11:11 AM

Bono, Jeremy Irons and Sinéad Cusack took centre stage when the National Library of Ireland in Dublin last night hosted its first Josephine Hart Poetry Hour

just saying is all

Posted by javier buchananeversonia | June 14, 2007 1:14 PM

I didnt believe that Bono in Queens story either considering he was also at a funeral in Dublin the other day according to a news story.

Posted by Loop | June 14, 2007 1:30 PM

i was standing near Little Stevie Van Zandt and steve buscemi who were standing next to each other in the VIP section of the mezz

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 2:06 PM

this show was fantastic. hands down

Posted by seth | June 14, 2007 2:15 PM

Far from fantastic but hey, feed your delusions, what the hell.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 2:59 PM

and what, may I ask, is wrong with Queens? What makes it a "wannabe hipster" borough?

In fact, how can someone be a "wannabe" hipster? I think all you have to do to be a hipster is weigh 95 lbs or less, wear black rimmed glasses, don't eat meat and act like a complete asshole.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 4:13 PM

Interesting that the Times article is about the McCartney gig, and that they mention Franz in passing.

So I guess this also shows which gig was more important.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 4:24 PM

Hahaha yeah cause the NY Times sets the standard for what is important in the world

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 4:48 PM

Either show was important to whoever felt whichever was more important. Does that make sense? Who cares which was more important? It does not matter. I feel as my opinion that this show was amazing and possibly the best show I have ever seen. Thats my opinion. I don't predent it to be yours or anyone elses. bla!

Posted by Adrienne | June 14, 2007 5:11 PM

See what you started, BV?! People, I think when he invited the debate over which show was more important, he meant it in good fun. But instead it has raged bitterly (not to mention idiotically) all week.

Sometimes I think I just read these comments to confirm that there are in fact tons of contemptible, know-it-all, know-nothing, caricature-worthy indie snobs in this world.

I feel dirty.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 5:28 PM

Not to mention- rock n roll hasn't been "important" for over 30 years! Not that some amazing, beautiful things haven't been created, but none of it was terribly "important".

Sorry kids, looks like we missed out. Rock n roll is your dad's (or granddads!) music.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 5:39 PM

De gustibus non est disputandum. True then, true now.

Posted by Anonymous | June 14, 2007 5:53 PM

|| and what, may I ask, is wrong with Queens? What makes it a "wannabe hipster" borough?

In fact, how can someone be a "wannabe" hipster? I think all you have to do to be a hipster is weigh 95 lbs or less, wear black rimmed glasses, don't eat meat and act like a complete asshole.

Posted by Anon ||

funniest (and most accurate) comment i've read all day since this macca-franz liszt debate started.

imo, a "wannabe hipster" is someone who apes but doesn't embody the schtick.

and, while it's important to pretend-in-part, that you are something that you've yet to become (whether a working on a persona, working at practicing an art or vocation etc.) if the shoe doesn't fit, then not even leaving off socks will help in said pursuit.

if that makes any sense :)

as for queens, it's a fab borough, with great food, diversity, and a kickass history as being the crib for a lot of fantastic bands and actors.

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Posted by Author Unknown | June 14, 2007 6:01 PM

ADRIENNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Rocky | June 14, 2007 6:15 PM

" It's really shocking he posted as Anonymous.

Posted by Anonymous"

Posted by Anonymous |

Now THAT is fucking hysterically funny!

Also, why the presumption about the gender being masculine, unless the original poster was being consistent about gender in the academic sense of such usage (which I doubt)?

Bitch! ;-)

Posted by rnrrenegade | June 14, 2007 6:55 PM

i work next door to the highline ballroom, and it was a zoo outside all day. people lined up days in advance. there was a guy hanging out at the corner of 16th and 10th ave who (i kid you not) was definitely a member of the Beatles' Secret Service. he had the ear piece and the two way, the black sport jacket without a collared shirt, he looked a bit like what Ringo Starr would look like if he could beat the shit out of you, and he was scanning everyone who walked by, especially me since i kept carrying huge cases back and forth. (mostly away from the highline, tho.)

Posted by Anonymous | June 15, 2007 7:25 AM

Did he play any songs off of Chaos and Creation? Also I wasn't at the show, but to those of you that didn't think it was fantastic, can you tell me why? I mean the man is a legend, he was and is one of the best songwriters and vocalists of all time. Why the hate? Don't knock the hustle.

Posted by Evan | June 15, 2007 7:43 AM

a buddy a'mine ran into the ol' macca at the back room where, apparently, he was holding court with whatever fans had the balls to walk up and talk to him.

Posted by amomynous | June 15, 2007 3:39 PM

I've posted more of my pictures from Paul's show at SeanHenri.com. You can find them here: http://www.seanhenri.com/sean_henri/2007/06/paul_mccartneys.html

Leave some feedback if you check it out!

Posted by Sean | June 16, 2007 4:37 PM

"Hahaha yeah cause the NY Times sets the standard for what is important in the world"

Um, if the NY Times is not at least some sort of barometer of what's important, can you tell me what is? A music blog website?

The NY Times is one of the biggest and most well respected newspapers in the entire world. Just because you don't read it doesn't mean it is not a big deal.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2007 11:45 AM

Today's NY Post has a short article which mentions last weeks McCartney show. Let's see, a week later and it's still newsworthy. Where are today's media mentions of the Franz show from last week?

The Franz show is over and nobody cares. The McCartney show is now legendary.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2007 11:47 AM

just upset he didnt tell me...

why all the insults? it's so crazy... all you need is love...

Posted by merf | June 24, 2007 10:04 PM

This whole news coverage "competition" between Franz and McCartney is the stupidest debate I think I've ever read on here.

Of course Paul gets more coverage, he's been around for four decades and was part of one of the most important bands in history. The fact that his show got more attention in the mainstream newspapers has absolutely no relevance when debating the merits of Franz Ferdinand as a band.

Comparing the two - and moreover, drawing some sort of conclusion from the comparison - is just idiotic.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2007 1:03 AM

"The Franz show is over and nobody cares. The McCartney show is now legendary."


I think it is far from legendary hahahahahahaha. Actually no one even talks about it anymore especially not after the best show of the year so far which was the white stripes at Irving.

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John > Paul

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RINGO > PAUL

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2008 11:17 AM

it really figures that the only beatles we have left are paul and ringo. cruel gods.

Posted by Anonymous | December 30, 2008 11:17 AM

Oh man Wings was a T-E-R-R-I-B-L-E band.

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