People who lunch at Covent Garden are used to jugglers, mimes and
street musicians vying for their attention -- and a spare coin or two --
but Friday's performer didn't bother to pass the hat.
McCartney doesn't need the money. But he apparently still needs the
thrill of a live performance and the applause of adoring fans. The
ubiquitous former Beatle gave a surprise free performance from the back
of a truck, livening up the lunch hour for workers and tourists alike.
McCartney performed tracks from his latest album "New" before
thousands who gathered in the famous market square in central London.
Word about the show had spread throughout the British capital since the
singer's crew started setting up speakers early Friday. He did the same
thing earlier this week in New York City.
has been promoting his latest album with television appearances and
interviews this week. The set, McCartney's first new album of all
original material since 2007, has been getting positive reviews.
He and pop princess Katy Perry traded songwriting tips at a taping of "The Graham Norton Show" in London on Thursday night.
said he and late writing partner John Lennon expected to come away with
a song every time they brainstormed. Perry, who says she's "an observer
of life," carries around a recorder while she's on tour to stash away
phrases that strike her fancy.