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Paul McCartney
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Paul McCartney

Through October 5th

A few years ago, McCartney decided to spend more time at home with his daughter. He stopped mounting long world tours, in favor of shorter, more frequent runs. "It's like Bob Dylan's Never Ending Tour," says McCartney. "It's great, because it leaves you hungry to get back onstage." A recent marathon 38-song gig in Fresno, California, featured surprises like "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!" (which he'd previously sworn off as too difficult to play) and the first live versions of "Love Me Do" and "A Hard Day's Night" in more than 50 years. "The opening chord is iconic," he says of "A Hard Day's Night." "I suggested that to the band, and we all got a bit sort of goosebumpy. If it excites us, it will probably excite an audience, fingers crossed!"

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