Day trippers: Sir Paul McCartney and wife Nancy Shevell turn heads as they casually stroll through New York...after surprise gig in Times Square
By MAIL ONLINE SHOWBIZ REPORTER
PUBLISHED: 11 October 2013
He had just performed a surprise gig which caused havoc in Times Square, but legendary musician Sir Paul McCartney had no delusions of grandeur in New York City, yesterday.
After thousands of fans watched him deliver an unprecedented live set in the heart of the city, the 71 year-old singer simply strolled back to his hotel.
Arm-in-arm with his wife Nancy Shevell, the former Beatle turned heads as he walked across Fifth Avenue.
Love me do: Paul McCartney walks arm in arm with wife Nancy Shevell after performing a surprise concert in Times Square
Arm in arm: The happy couple looked happy and well-matched as they navigated New York City
The happy couple, who celebrated their second wedding anniversary yesterday, looked very much in love as they laughed and joked - seemingly oblivious to the fuss they were creating.
Sir Paul wore black jeans with a retro-inspired black and white shirt, topped with a black Puffa jacket. His hair, a very consistent block shade of brown, looked casually disheveled.
Meanwhile, Nancy kept her cool in a simple ensemble which consisted of a silver top and black cardigan with skinny jeans. She accessorised with a long beaded necklace.
Celebrations: The two celebrated their second wedding anniversary on Thursday
Black and white: The pair looked almost in sync as they wore similar shades of clothing
The ordinary scene was a stark contrast to just moments earlier when Paul delivered a rousing, unexpected four-song set to shocked onlookers in Times Square.
The Twitter-announced concert, which was designed to publicise his latest album New, saw modern New York experience the crazy days of Beatlemania.
Crowds bayed for a sight of the suited former Beatle - and when he appeared the screaming was pitched to the heights of the Swinging Sixties.
They'd wait in line for Eight Days a Week! Paul McCartney and his band give a surprise pop up concert in Times Square on Thursday to the delight of hundreds of fans
Clearly, Sir Paul's popularity has not waned in the city that never sleeps as scenes were reminiscent of the Beatles' now iconic arrival at Kennedy Airport in 1964.
Fans of all ages - and not just Baby Boomers - were quick to react after Macca Tweeted: 'Wow! Really excited to be playing New York Times Square at 1pm this afternoon'.
Here, There and Everywhere: McCartney's been cheerfully promoting his album all over the world, including at a 15 set historic gig on Hollywood Boulevard last month
Love Me Do: Paul tweeted about the concert just minutes before to let his fans know, but they all clamoured to see him
Magical Mystery Tour: The piano's colours hark back to the 1967 album and film
Come Together: Concert goers got a treat of a lifetime as they got to be part of an historic concert
I Feel Fine: Paul pumped up the crowd with by singing a few tunes from his new album
At 1pm, as promised, McCartney and his band casually pulled up in yellow cabs in a moment that could only have been more exciting for Beatles fans had it been newspaper taxis appearing at the shore.
He emerged to huge cheers and climbed up onto the truck which was transformed into a small stage replete with what his band refer to as 'the magic piano' as it's painted in the psychedelic colours of 1967's Magical Mystery Tour.
'OK, we're just going to do a few songs from my new album,' McCartney, who played Hollywood Boulevard last month, announced.
Beaming despite the grey day, Sir Paul rocked through title track New, then rattled through the catchy Save Us.
A Little Help from his Friends: McCartney always likes to get his fans involved in the gig
'We're basically busking,' McCartney quipped, 'I'll be putting a hat out there later.'
Paul's wife Nacy Shevell could be spotted dancing to future sing-a-long Everybody Out There but it was soon time to go.
McCartney rounded off the set with Queenie Eye.
The concert came one day following another surprise concert for 500 high school students in Queens.
Band on the Run: Paul's lucky crew are having a whale of a time touring with the legend
A Day in the Life: It's an epic mini tour to promote the album but Sir Paul loves to tour
'This beats going to class,' McCartney told excited students at the performance according to ABC, who weren't born at the height of his fame.
He played hits including Hey Jude, Eight Days a Week and a solo acoustic rendition of his paean to the US civil rights movement, Blackbird, according to the Associated Press.
New is released on October 15.
Twist and Shout: The crowd are chivvied along by Paul's enthusiasm despite the grey day
Toast of the Big Apple: The Beatles sold out Shea Stadium for this August 15, 1966 show; it was their last US tour
Familiar scenes: Fans wait for a glimpse of The Beatles in New York, 1966
The American invasion: Over 73 million people watched The Beatles on Ed Sullivan and it seemed that many of them were at Kennedy airport - like these girls - to greet the boys on February 10, 1964