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Paul McCartney Plays Surprise Lunchtime Concert in London

Image courtesy of JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of JUSTIN TALLIS/AFP/Getty Images (via ABC News Radio)

He did it again!  Paul McCartney has treated fans to yet another mini surprise concert in celebration of the release of his latest album, NEW -- this one held in the Covent Garden section of London on Friday at 1:30 p.m. local time.

The event echoed in many ways the show McCartney and his backing band played last week in New York City's Times Square.  The rock legend sent out a Twitter message announcing the concert shortly before it took place: he performed in an open public space on a mobile stage, and he played basically the same set as he did in the Big Apple.  As in New York, Sir Paul and his group performed four songs from NEW -- the title track, "Save Me," "Everybody Out There" and "Queenie Eye" -- along with an added reprise of "New."

Speaking with the BBC after the gig, McCartney revealed that it was his daughter Stella who suggested he play these impromptu shows.  "She said, 'What you should do is just pop up somewhere and do a gig, and everyone will just get their phones out and they'll tweet it," he explained.  "And I said, 'Well, that's not a bad idea -- however, I've now got to go and do it!'"

The concert was held just about a mile from the site of a another famous surprise event, the 1969 show that The Beatles gave on the roof of the headquarters of their label, Apple Records.  That event proved to be the last-ever public performance by the Fab Four.

McCartney followed up the Covent Garden concert with a scheduled in-store appearance at the newly-reopened HMV store in London.

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