Paul McCartney will play a free show at 1 p.m. ET today in Times Square, he announced Oct. 10 over his Twitter account. "Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1pm this afternoon!," the first post read. "Come on down to Times Square... It's all going to be happening there!", his account posted at 12:35 p.m. ET. There are webcams, but it's not known how much of the show can be viewed. Here's a direct link to one close by. We'll be watching with you. (Update: There's a truck and a crowd at this link.) (Update II: We've heard "New," "Save Us" and "Everybody Out There," though the cams aren't much help. The sound is distant. A Twitter user posted a picture.) (Update III: It now appears to be over. As one of our Facebook friends said, "Short and sweet!")
SINATRA SHOW: Paul McCartney played songs from his upcoming “New” album and answered questions about his career in a semi-private event Wednesday at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in the Queens section of New York City, the New York Times and the New York Post reported Oct. 9. Our friend Bob Gannon, who attends many McCartney events, said the attendance was very restricted for this event.
Only about 400 students got to see McCartney, who played a combination of “New” songs, such as “Save Us,” and Beatles and solo career oldies, including “Jet,” “Eight Days A Week,” “We Can Work It Out,” and “Back In the U.S.S.R,” the Post said.
In answer to one student asking about career obstacles, he cited critics and singled out a New York Times writer who trashed the “Sgt. Pepper” album in a review when the album was released, but who reversed himself the following week when it hit No. 1.
The full performance at the school will be aired on iheartradio.com and Yahoo at 9 p.m. ET Monday.
IN YOUR LIVING ROOM: Bang & Olufsen touted their upcoming segment of “The Living Room Tour' in a press release Wednesday. They said the event, which will take place online on Oct. 15 at 2 p.m. UK time/9 a.m.Eastern/6 a.m. Pacific on their website, “will provide an opportunity for people from across the world to put their questions to Paul about writing the album, working with new producers and the recording process.” You can tweet your questions with the hashtag #askmccartney.
STERN HIGHLIGHTS ONLINE: Portions of Howard Stern's interview with Paul McCartney this week are now on YouTube. You can see the video on this page.
MORE FROM TWITTER SESSION: Paul McCartney's Twitter account announced Wednesday it is answering more questions from last week's popular live Twitter session. The answers will be posted on Twitter one each day. Wednesday's question. The first new question, submitted by @dollybird1963, who won the signed CD at the first session and already had two questions answered, was “Do you have a favorite book?” His answer: “Thanks (again!) @dollybird1963 My favorite book is 'Nicholas Nickleby' by Charles Dickens #whatsnew.”
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