PAUL MCCARTNEY has performed a surprise concert at Liverpool’s Cavern Club (cap. 350) – the venue synonymous with launching the career of the former Beatle and his bandmates.
Tickets for the 27 July show were given out free on a first-come first-served basis from Liverpool’s Echo Arena box office, after McCartney announced the show hours earlier.
“Paul last played here in 1999 and we didn’t think he’d come back again,” Cavern director Jon Keats tells LIVE UK. “We had the show pencilled in for about two-and-a-half months and it was confirmed five weeks before.
“It was incredible. He played five songs short of a normal arena tour set and you could tell he was enjoying it.”
The Beatles first played the Cavern more than 50 years ago, with the original Matthew Street venue closing in 1973, later rebuilt nearby.
McCartney is due to play the Echo Arena (11,000), Glasgow’s SSE Hydro (13,000) and London’s The O2 (21,000) in December.