Macca plays 1965 track live for first time on tour

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Sir Paul McCartney gave his fans in Japan a treat when he played one of the Fab Four's tracks live for the first time - half a century after it was released.

Another Girl, which features on the Fab Four's 1965 album Help, was on the set list at his gig at the Budokan Arena in Tokyo.

The Beatles played the venue in 1966 and Sir Paul was meant to play there last year but the show was cancelled when he fell ill.

He said: "It's very exciting to be returning to the Budokan because it is a very special place and was the first place we played in Japan.

"There was a lot of controversy at the time but I now know that it is a regular venue for a lot of people. But for me it has a very special place in my memory."

Sir Paul playing the Budokan Arena in Tokyo 49 years after The Beatles first played there. Credit: PA

Sir Paul said the show The Beatles played there all those years ago "was probably the best show we did in Japan".

He added: "It was great to be doing the Budokan 49 years later. It was crazy. We loved it."

His two-hour set also featured hits including Let It Be, Can't Buy Me Love, Maybe I'm Amazed and Hey Jude.

He also played Yesterday and Paperback Writer which were both performed at the 1966 concert.

His tour moves on to South Korea before the European leg kicks off in London at the O2 in May.