On the Scene at Paul McCartney's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert
When Paul McCartney and his Beatles bandmates performed an unannounced concert on a London rooftop in 1969 for their Let It Be film, the police eventually came in and shut it down. But McCartney and Jimmy Kimmel had the cops’ blessing Monday night in Los Angeles, as they took to the roof of the El Capitan Theatre, promising a free show from the one-and-only Sir Paul for the gathered masses.
Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV audience only caught two of those songs. After that, as McCartney told us when he hit the stage, “The rest is just for you.” Here’s what you missed if you weren’t one of the 10,000 people lining Hollywood Boulevard:
Even though McCartney has a new album to promote — aptly titled New — he played only three songs from his latest during the Jimmy Kimmel Live! concert, favoring Beatles and Wings hits instead for the dedicated crowd (some fans waited more than 10 hours to be in the front row). “You all right back there … in Santa Monica?” he cracked to the fans who appeared to be cities away.
Among those Beatles favorites was “Birthday” (the couple next to me freaked out because it was the husband’s actual birthday; not a bad gift), and McCartney kicked the night off with “Magical Mystery Tour,” which matched the psychedelic upright piano he played throughout the set. “Lady Madonna,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” and “Day Tripper” were also on the list, along with the tailor-made sing-along “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (we swear we spotted Game of Thrones‘ Rose Leslie, a.k.a. Ygritte, shooting a cell phone video during this one).
Speaking of sing-alongs, McCartney was able to turn even a brand-new song into a communal experience, telling the crowd before performing “Everybody Out There,” “There’s a little bit that goes ‘whoa-oh-oh-oh.’ You might pick it up, you might not. If you do, good on you.” He was pretty impressed with our performance, but he gave us a refresher afterward, just in case the New track becomes a Beatles-level hit: “That’s your bit, for future reference.”
The music icon ended in, well, iconic fashion, bringing out the massive one-two punch of “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude.” And let us say: Nothing unites a crowd of 10,000 quicker than singing the na-na-na’s of “Jude” together on a warm Hollywood night.
“See you next time,” McCartney said after the hour-long set, blowing kisses to the crowd. We hope it won’t be another 40-plus years until he hits his next rooftop.
The complete set list from McCartney’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! concert:
“Magical Mystery Tour” (Beatles)
“Save Us” (McCartney)
“Junior’s Farm” (Wings)
“Lady Madonna” (Beatles)
“Another Day” (McCartney)
“Everybody Out There” (McCartney)
“Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” (Beatles)
“Band on the Run” (Wings)
“Back in the U.S.S.R.” (Beatles)
“Day Tripper” (Beatles)
“Let It Be” (Beatles)
“Hey Jude” (Beatles)
Stick with EW on Tuesday night for a report from Justin Timberlake’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! concert.