Paul McCartney rocks on during the Freightliner concert. Photo: Evan Lockridge
Baby, You Can Drive My Truck: Paul McCartney Rocks Freightliner Dinner at MCE
By Neil Abt
Paul McCartney performs for MCE 2015 attendees Oct. 19, 2015, at the Freightliner dinner. (Christie Raymond/Transport Topics)
PHILADELPHIA — Music icon Sir Paul McCartney surprised and delighted the nearly 1,000 people attending a customer appreciation dinner hosted by Freightliner Trucks here on Oct. 19. McCartney and his band performed the greatest hits of his five-decade career after the dinner. There were numerous trucking references throughout the evening by the former Beatle, such as when he changed the words to the Beatles' hit “Drive My Car” to “Drive My Truck.” The Freightliner dinner dovetailed with American Trucking Associations’ Management Conference & Exhibition here Oct. 17-20. McCartney’s wife, Nancy Shevell, is an executive at less-than-truckload carrier New England Motor Freight. She and several other family members attended. New England Motor Freight, which is based in Elizabeth, New Jersey, is owned by Shevell’s father, Myron. Daimler Trucks North America President Martin Daum jokingly played a recording toward the end of dinner, suggesting that was his company’s attempt at saving money on the event's entertainment. He said last year’s spectacular dinner concert by the Eagles was a huge success that many didn’t think could be topped. Then, Daum stepped aside as a curtain opened to an area designed as a club. Once the attendees had filed into the “club,” the lights went down and out walked McCartney, who jammed for the next two hours.
Paul McCartney performs for MCE 2015 attendees Oct. 19, 2015, at the Freightliner dinner. (Neil Abt/Transport Topics)
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Paul McCartney Played A Secret Show in Philly Last Night
Sir Paul played a two-hour set at the Convention Center last night, as part of a customer appreciation dinner held by a trucking company.
BY DAN MCQUADE
OCTOBER 20, 2015
Paul McCartney has played many storied venues in his career, from the Kaiserkeller in Hamburg to the Cavern Club in Liverpool to the Ed Sullivan Theater to Shea to Wembley to the the Woodlands at Dover International Speedway. Last night, McCartney checked another historic venue off his bucket list: He played the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
Wait, what? That’s right: McCartney played a customer appreciation dinner hosted by Freightliner Trucks. The dinner was held during the 2015 American Trucking Association Management Conference & Exhibition, now on its final day.
So how'd they land McCartney? (The Eagles played the dinner last year.) Philebrity explains that McCartney's wife, Nancy Shevell, is an executive at New England Motor Freight.
There are a few brief clips of the show posted on Periscope last night, showing the intimate setting and the banter McCartney exchanged with the crowd. One clip shows McCartney playing "For the Benefit of Mr. Kite" while another has Macca playing "Blackbird." That second one has a great exchange:
Paul McCartney: "Way back in the sixties, there was a lot of troubles going on…"
Audience Member No. 1: "Oh yeah!"
Audience Member No. 2: "Ohhh yeah!"
According to Transport Topics, McCartney changed the title of "Drive My Car" to "Drive My Truck." He played for two hours.