LIVERPOOL (REUTERS) – Paul McCartney stunned and delighted followers on Thursday (July 26) with a small free gig at The Cavern Club, returning to the cellar venue in Liverpool the place The Beatles made their identify greater than 50 years in the past.
In scenes harking back to the 1960s, the 76-year-old, was greeted by cheering and a few screaming followers as he arrived on the membership by automotive.
Many had waited for hours to get a restricted variety of tickets after the singer and musician had posted a Tweet hours earlier asserting the gig.
McCartney, whose newest album Egypt Station comes out in September, performed a wide-ranging set record together with Beatles hits Magical Mystery Tour and I Saw Her Standing There, which bought the loudest cheers from the viewers.
“Hello Liverpool. Cavern,” he advised the cheering crowd as he got here on stage.
The Beatles first performed on the Cavern – a cramped cellar bar within the northern English port metropolis – in 1961. The band went on to change into a global phenomenon earlier than splitting up in 1970.
Surrounded by Beatles footage and murals, McCartney, who often performs to huge arenas, sang and chatted to the viewers through the two-hour gig on the packed membership, which has a capability for 350 standing folks. They sang together with him.
“Imagine this for me… All those years ago we came here and played. We didn’t know if we’d ever have any future but we did okay,” he mentioned.
“Coming back here with all of our guys, all of our crew it’s pretty pretty amazing for me.”
The unique Cavern Club closed in 1973 and was ultimately knocked down. But the bricks had been saved and used to construct the venue that now stands instead and attracts Beatles followers from across the world.
McCartney gave a concert on the venue in 1999 when he performed a spread of his songs and covers.
He earlier mentioned on Twitter he would carry out at 2pm (9pm Singapore time), with tickets being handed out totally free from 10am “on a first come, first served basis”.
“It’s a dream, isn’t it? My dream is to go back in time to the 60s and see them at the Cavern,” fan Lottie Ryan, 27, mentioned as she ready to get into the venue. “This is the closest I’m ever going to get. I’m so excited.”
On Wednesday, McCartney attended a Q&A session on the Liverpool Institute of Performing Arts, the place he was requested which musicians he had labored with he admired essentially the most. His reply started with fellow Beatles John Lennon, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.
“Having worked with John so one on one, I got to see his brilliance before the world did,” he mentioned.