PAUL McCARTNEY’S LEGENDARY LATE SHOW

Published July 25, 2009

Paul McCartney returned to The Ed Sullivan Theater last week (July 15th, 2009), the same stage where he and the other Beatles were introduced to America back on February 9th, 1964 (an estimated 73 million people were watching). David Letterman has been trying for years to get the iconic performer on his Late Show, and finally succeeded. Dave clearly knew what he had on his hands here, as he dedicated nearly the entire episode to Sir Paul. Paul did sing and play on the show, but rather than take the stage, he and his bandmates did a concert atop The Late Show’s marquee, reminiscent of The Beatles’ rooftop concert featured in the 1970 film Let It Be.
Sir Paul
Paul’s interview is both funny and informative, as he reminisces about everything from his first appearance 45 years earlier, to his lucrative-but-strained relationship with Michael Jackson. Fascinating stuff. But in addition to this very entertaining appearance, Paul (looking and sounding great at 67) also performed a mini-concert sound check for thousands of fans along Broadway, that was not aired on the show. During this performance, Paul performed Coming Up, Band on the Run, Let Me Roll It, Helter Skelter, and Back in the USSR. One viewing makes something obvious: this is history in the making.

PAUL’S FIRST APPEARANCE AT THE ED SULLIVAN THEATER
Beatles on Ed Sullivan
Missed the episode? That’s why I’m here. With a virtual treasure trove of clips, including that aforementioned (and un-aired) mini-concert in its entirety.

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PRE-SHOW CONCERT – 23 minutes



PAUL McCARTNEY ON THE LATE SHOW 7/15/09
Despite Parts 2 & 3 seemingly being swapped, this is the proper order to watch.