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Paul McCartney Performed 2 Beatles Songs for the First Time in 50+ Years

The day after “fifth Beatle” George Martin died, Paul McCartney announced the first round of dates for his One on One tour—his first since the Out There tour, which spanned May 2013—October 2015. Save a couple collaborations with Kanye West and Rihanna, the icon hasn’t released any new music since Out There ended. He did, however, announce a four-disc compendium of his music at the end of March. “We got our heads together and came up with these diverse playlists from various periods of my long and winding career,” he said in a statement.

All of the compilation’s 67 tracks are from post-1970, though, which means he didn’t touch the Beatles catalog—inarguably a pretty big part of his “long and winding career.” That said, it doesn’t seem like he actually had anything against revisiting the Liverpool lovelies, because last night—on the first stop of the One on One tour in Fresno—McCartney unearthed some Beatles classics that he hasn’t touched in more than a half-century.

The most notable song of the set was “A Hard Day’s Night.” McCartney last played the chart topper 51 years ago—that’s way back in 1965 when the Beatles were still together, for those of you whipping out your calculators right now. He also performed “Love Me Do,” which, aside from a medley he did in 1990, hadn’t been seen live since 1963. Magical Mystery Tour’s “The Fool on the Hill” and Rubber Soul’s “You Won’t See Me” were both featured in the set, too, played for the first time since 2003 and 2004, respectively—as reported by Entertainment Weekly.

Check out the full setlist here, and head to McCartney’s website to see his tour dates and all the other fun stuff he’s been up to.

Image: darioferrini 

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