Get Back! Sir Paul and Ronnie Wood are mobbed by fans after they perform on stage with James McCartney
By J J ANISIOBI and SIMON CABLE
PUBLISHED: 28 March 2013
As any aspiring frontman will tell you, it’s important to get your backing band right.
James McCartney had the perfect pair to make him shine as he performed songs from his upcoming debut album this week.
The 35-year-old was joined on stage by his Beatle father Paul McCartney and Rolling Stone Ronnie Wood.
Rock royalty: Ronnie Wood and Paul McCartney joined James McCartney on stage on Wednesday night at The Ambassador Theatre in London
Super star: Sir Paul was surrounded by fans as he left the theatre after he performed with his son
Over here: Ronnie Wood was also at the centre of a scrum as fans clambered for his autograph
Sir Paul, 70, watched proudly from the wings before accompanying his son on the piano, while 65-year-old Wood played guitar.
The trio played songs from James’s new album, Me, ahead of a 47-date US tour later this year.
Perhaps predictably, it was the two veterans who stole the limelight.
Signed with a kiss: The former Beatle was dwarfed by the sheer number of fans
Moving on: Sir Paul is used to being the centre of attention and Wednesday night was no different
He's behind you: Sir Paul made a rather theatrical entrance onto the stage behind his son
Rock out: James took centre stage while his father played piano and Ronnie played guitar
Performance tips: James was lucky enough to be joined by two of rocks greatest artists
Take a bow: The combination of Ronnie and Paul overshadowed James
Both were mobbed by fans as they left the show at the Ambassadors Theatre in London.
At one point Paul looked slightly scared as he couldn't find his car due to all the commotion - also losing his wife Nancy Shevell in the crowds.
But the pair eventually managed to find each other, looking relieved as they settled back in their car.
Wood’s wife Sally Humphreys, 34, who is a theatre producer, had put together the event.
Also in attendance was James’s sister, fashion designer Stella McCartney.
Last year James revealed he was considering forming a group featuring the offspring of the Fab Four, including John Lennon’s youngest son Sean, 37, George Harrison’s only son, Dhani, 34, and Ringo Starr’s 45-year-old son Jason.
A piece of history: The three musicians hugged it out on stage following the performance
Famous faces: Designer Stella McCartney and Simon Cowell were both in the audience
Puppy love: Sally Humphreys and Ronnie hung out with a dog backstage before the gig
Quick getaway: Ronnie and Sally were popular with waiting fans outside the venue
An onlooker said that one fan kept shouting that he'd come all the way from Liverpool to see Paul and wanted the rock star's autograph.
Ronnie's wife Sally Humphreys, who is a theatre producer, had put together the event and encouraged her husband to perform.
He tweeted earlier this week: 'Don't forget I'm going to be playing at the James McCartney gig this Wednesday.'
X Factor supremo Simon Cowell was also seen leaving the theatre in his standard black jumper and jeans combination.
Family support: The brother and sister left the venue arm in arm after a successful gig
Talented pair: Ronnie's wife Sally, who is a theatre producer, had put together the event
Lost in translation: At one point Paul looked a bit scared as he couldn't find his car due to all the commotion and lost his wife Nancy Shevell in the crowds
Carriages please: Sir Paul and Nancy were eventually reunited in their car