Posted in music | pictures on July 15, 2009

Paul McCartney on the Ed Sullvan Theatre - July 15, 2009
Paul McCartney

"Paul McCartney returned in grand fashion to the theater that launched his career in Manhattan more than 45 years ago.

It was February of 1964 when The Beatles took the stage on The Ed Sullivan Show and sent the nation into a frenzy that would become "Beatlemania." This time around, however, McCartney passed on the stage for this performance, and instead took the roof of the Ed Sullivan Theater with a surprise performance on the marquee for Wednesday's taping of the Late Show with David Letterman.

Thousands of fans packed the streets outside the theater to see the legend's spectacular return to his roots, a rare opportunity now with McCartney preparing to kick off what he's said will be his final tour." [CBS]

The above picture was taken some time between 5 and 6 pm. Video clips, some taken from neighboring buildings, below...

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Comments (44)

blah

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:34 PM

amazing, go paul

Posted by nina | July 15, 2009 6:40 PM

Don't "blah" a Beatle

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:40 PM

The Blahtles

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:43 PM

Blah?

Are you for real?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:45 PM

Um ok, so Paul McCartney's title song to the film "Spies Like Us" starring Chevy Chase and Dan Aykroyd

The reason that I like this record so much, uh, aside from the fact that it's amazing is, um, I feel like it was kind of overlooked when it actually came out and now it's like this absolute classic record. But, uh, when it was actually reviewed, when it came out, it really didn't do very...I mean it did well, but it didn't do extremely well. Rolling Stone at the time gave it like..I think 2 out of 5 stars or something like that. And then when they re-released it they said it was 5 out of 5 stars, when they did the next review. But it was just a very important record in my formidable years and, um, it's a classic pop record.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:49 PM

I would be wary giving the Beatles any sort of blah - but Paul can certainly get a Blah or 2

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:50 PM

How I would LOVE to meet/interview McCartney...I have had Will Lee and Anton Fig from Lettrman's Band on Reality Check TV, however...

Posted by ACE Reality Check TV | July 15, 2009 6:51 PM

Sick "get"

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:52 PM

does the guy who keeps reposting the "um, uh" dialog think he's making some kind of point?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:54 PM

setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:55 PM

What a great week on Letterman. Wilco and Feist yesterday. Sir Paul tonight, and Grizzly Bear with string quartet tomorrow.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 6:55 PM

fuck i missed this?!

Posted by Slob | July 15, 2009 7:02 PM

Did he play Say Say Say or The Girl is Mine?

Posted by Debbie Rowe | July 15, 2009 7:02 PM

m ok, so Anonymous 6:45's comment "does the guy who keeps reposting the "um, uh" dialog think he's making some kind of point?"

The reason that I like this comment so much, uh, aside from the fact that it's amazing is, um, I feel like it was kind of overlooked when it was posted and now it's like this absolute classic comment. But, uh, when it was actually reviewed, when it was posted, it really didn't do very...I mean it did well, but it didn't do extremely well. Rolling Stone at the time gave it like..I think 2 out of 5 stars or something like that. And then when they re-released it they said it was 5 out of 5 stars, when they did the next review. But it was just a very important comment in my formidable years and, um, it's a classic pop comment.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 7:34 PM

Get Back, Sing the Changes, Coming Up, Band on the Run, Let Me Roll It/Foxy Lady, Helter Skelter, Back in the USSR

Good stuff!

Posted by vertigone | July 15, 2009 7:43 PM

^ wow. fuck. i wish i knew about this.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 7:56 PM

yea... i know i didnt miss much

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 8:46 PM

Luv, luv, luv, paul mccartney AND the beatles!!
I was 9 or 10 when I sat in front of the tv
and watched them on Ed Sullivan in the 60's.
Couln't take my eyes off them. Their music is timeless. Lots of young people today love
Beatle songs. Paul still has a kind of charisma.
Very talented!! Saw him in concert in 2002.
Love ya Paul!!

Posted by peggy molimock | July 15, 2009 9:07 PM

Damn, the rest of my comment got cut off, should read...

yea... i know i didnt miss much i'm going to see wavves tonight! wavves rule, beatles drool

Posted by Anonymous 8:46 | July 15, 2009 9:19 PM

Blah is a jerk and is sooooooo blah!

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 9:47 PM

Bruce Willis was there

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 9:52 PM

as was nick zinner.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 10:01 PM

Paul MehCartney! right? right?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 10:24 PM

"Sing the Changes" is a really good song. That makes one since "Maybe I'm Amazed." It's beyond backlash. It's the guy who wrote "Freedom." "Band on the Run" is great song? No. It's all Flaming Pie. If you want to hate classic rock, this guy's career since 1972 is ground zero. Bring the hate.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 10:37 PM

anyone wanna blow a line of coke off my boner?

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 11:09 PM

I saw Bruce Willis...but Nick Zinner was there??? aww...im mad I missed him...if he's in town then hell prob be at the dead weather show tomorow night

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 11:10 PM

DARN! Sometime you hate your job, this is one of those times :(

Posted by dee | July 15, 2009 11:27 PM

i looked at a fossil under a microscope today?

Posted by charlie | July 15, 2009 11:31 PM

ONE FLAG.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 11:38 PM

Ah, fuck, I (11:38) blew it. This would've been the perfect post for "TWO FLAGS."

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 11:45 PM

too bad the roof didnt collapse.

Posted by Anonymous | July 15, 2009 11:55 PM

people over 30 read and comment on brooklynvegan????

Looking at you Peggy!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 12:38 AM

oh man frosty beverage

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 1:11 AM

Paul can most certainly earn a few blahs compared to John or George. But, I'll hand it to him, this performance was a pretty cool idea

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 1:27 AM

Ms. Molimock , I'd like to thank you for no longer making me feel like the oldest person who reads Brooklyn Vegan. After the Nine Inch Nails posts where people talked about being 13 in 1994, I was beginning to feel my age.

and on a side note - I can't believe it took roughly 25 posts for someone to say "Paul MEHCartney." You're losing your touch, people!

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 10:27 AM

I caught the end of this, had no idea it was going to happen. Yeah, I'm over 30, and yeah, this was totally cool.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 11:04 AM

I'm under 25, take that, old people!

Posted by Sacred Absolute Hipster Cow | July 16, 2009 12:23 PM

I really loved it...

Posted by alina | July 16, 2009 2:44 PM

paul mccartney. what a musical genius. it always amazes me that such plain people can have the most incredible talent.

paul mccartney, damon albarn, rakim, roger federer, tim duncan.

i can't believe i was three blocks from this and missed it. bwaaaaah!

but citi field here i come.

Posted by Anonymous | July 16, 2009 3:12 PM

Most people who weren't THERE in that time might not understand.

The whole thing was absolute MAGIC!

Many younger people have been raised with it and/or picked up on it, but...

You really HAD TO BE THERE, FROM Ed Sullivan on.

That's all...

Posted by Nancy | July 16, 2009 3:30 PM

fashion theater was missing you.

Posted by avenir labs | July 17, 2009 12:15 AM

My sis called me from Hawaii after she saw clips or footage all excited that Paul did this performance. Was I there?, she asked - no, but good for him to play live like that.

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