Paul McCartney Crosses Abbey Road Ahead Of Intimate London Gig

The iconic musician played a set of classic Beatles deep cuts and hits for an invited audience

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The Beatles 'Abbey Road' artwork - Courtesy: UMG

Paul McCartney crossed the famous Abbey Road pedestrian crossing almost 49 years to the day since The Beatles’ iconic album cover was shot there. The legendary ex-Beatle walked across the road on his way to an intimate gig at Abbey Road Studios, with daughter Mary filming the moment. Halfway across, McCartney turned and did a quick pose for the camera.

“Why did the Beatle cross the Abbey Road,” Mary amusingly captioned videos of her famous father taking a stroll.

While on Instagram Story, McCartney took fan questions, including one inquiry about why he wasn’t wearing any shoes for the original cover art, which came out on August 8, 1969.

“It was a very hot day and I happened to be wearing sandals like I am today so I just kicked them off because it was so hot we went across barefoot. There was no special meaning,” he clarified.

Paul McCartney back on the Abbey Road Crossing

The iconic Paul McCartney took a familiar stroll almost 49 years to the day on his way to the Studios yesterday. Discover what he's been up to very soon. Video courtesy of Mary McCartney.

Posted by Abbey Road Studios on Tuesday, July 24, 2018

The cover for ‘Abbey Road’ was shot by photographer Iain MacMillan. It featured all four Beatles on the pedestrian crossing.

Inside the studio, the rock icon performed a set of Beatles deep cuts and classics for a selected audience. Fans were invited to enter for a chance to be at the gig last week by recording a video and telling McCartney why they should be chosen to attend. Also in the audience were McCartney’s daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney and actress Liv Tyler.

As uDiscover Music previously reported, McCartney is set to release his new album Egypt Station on 7 September. The record was largely produced by Greg Kurstin, with OneRepublic‘s Ryan Tedder taking the helm for one track. It was recorded in Los Angeles, London, and Sussex. The first two tracks from it – ‘I Don’t Know’ and ‘Come On To Me’ – were released last month.

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  1. Chris

    July 24, 2018 at 9:26 pm

    It would be nice to know which “deep cuts” he played!

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