Paul McCartney tours the capital

Sir Paul McCartney was on a whirlwind tour of the capital today to promote his new album, New. He played a surprise gig at Covent Garden and signed copies of the album at HMV on Oxford Street

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Sir Paul McCartney launches new album on Oxford Street

HMV's flagship store is back open for business, and today welcomed a famous face back through its doors. 363 Oxford Street is where the Beatles put together their demo disc, before being signed by EMI.

The rest, as they say, is history. But today, Sir Paul McCartney still had his sights set firmly on the future -- going back to the store clutching a brand new album.

Ria Chatterjee went to meet him.

Paul McCartney stages surprise gig in Covent Garden

Sir Paul McCartney surprised passers-by with an unannounced free gig in central London today - echoing his famous rooftop gig with The Beatles 44 years ago.

Sir Paul at the surprise gig Credit: Reuters

The star replaced the jugglers and living statues who often gather around St Paul's Church in Covent Garden to perform a selection of tracks from the back of a truck. He played songs from his new album in the 20 minute set including his current single New and tracks Queenie Eyes and Save Us.

Workmen at the Piazza dance on some scaffolding as they are treated to the surpise concert

Thousands of people gathered in the piazza and got a grandstand view from the balcony of the market building opposite.


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