McCartney Performs 15 Songs For Free In Hollywood

It's hard to plead a case for Mondays. And mine had been a challenge. You might even call it a bad day – aspiring TV writers have them from time to time. They’re called weekdays. I stumbled onto Hollywood Boulevard near Highland looking for an antidote to my ennui. They don't come in more potent form than a free Paul McCartney concert under and over the stars.

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Sir Paul performed two songs in front the El Capitan Theatre for his appearance that night on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" But why setup a stage and close a major Hollywood thoroughfare for a mere two tunes? Come on, he's got the back catalog. Following "Magical Mystery Tour" and "Save Us," a song from McCartney's latest record New, which drops October 15, the former Beatle went on to play a further 13 crowd-pleasers.


Nearly any song at a McCartney show is a classic, but standouts among standouts included "Day Tripper," "Jet" and seminal show-closer "Hey Jude." People – many of them tourists as fortunate as myself to have chanced upon the magic – wept as they sang along. I wonder how long it's been since Hollywood Boulevard has seen tears of joy. Even the street got a treat.

- Rob Putnam