Paul McCartney Performs ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ for First Time in 51 Years (Video)

April 15, 2016

Paul McCartney performed The Beatles’ classic ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ for the first time in 51 years in Fresno, California, as he kicked off his One on One Tour. The video, which you can see here, is going viral.

Paul McCartney

Yes, it’s been a long time; since 1965, at the height of The Beatles fame. And surprising the audience and now delivering for the rest of us a video that’s gone viral, Paul McCartney played ‘Long Day’s Night’ and you can hear it below.

According to Rolling Stone, at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California this was how Paul McCartney opened the show. The publication quotes him as saying of the new tour that there will be “no shortage of surprises.” Well, needless to say, that’s no understatement.

It was quite a way to start a new tour. After all, there are very few artists that might have such a 51-year hiatus on a hit song. In this case, it’s not just a “hit song” it’s a classic, and one of those iconic songs we’ll always associate with The Beatles.

That last performance of the song — you can also see the video below — was, according to RS, on August 31, 1965, at the Cow Palace in Daly City, California. Now as the requisite side-by-side comparison, that long-ago performance is also going viral.

Now technically speaking McCartney did perform the song on one other occasion, as RS notes, it was an impromptu a capella performance along with, and at the insistence of Terry Bradshaw during the live broadcast of Super Bowl XXXVI. You can also see that video below. That comes courtesy of Jon Stewart back in the days when he hosted ‘The Daily Show,’ he included the clip in his ‘Moment of Zen’ segment. And it’s definitely all that!

This was just the kickoff of the new tour, the One on One Tour. Paul McCartney, now an age-defying 73 years old has no plans to retire. He dismissed any such speculation last year when he told Esquire UK he has no retirement plans. He said at the time, ” Sit at home and watch telly? That’s what people do, man. Gardening, golf… no thanks.”

The opening song was a delight enough, but he went on to perform his typical two-hours-plus concert, and the massive set list encompassing decades of music had a staggering 38 songs including classics from The Beatles era as well as The Wings and more recent solo efforts. Among the highlights and the rarities; “Love Me Do” and “The Fool on the Hill” plus “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude” and “Yesterday” among others.

Below you can see the video of ‘A Hard Day’s Night’ from Paul McCartney’s One on One Tour kickoff!

Pictures: PR Photos

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