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McCartney returns to famous NY theater

PAUL McCartney returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater on Wednesday, 45 years after the Beatles made their United States television debut there.

This time, McCartney put on an outdoor show atop the theater's marquee for thousands of fans in New York. The performance was shown during the former Beatle's first appearance on the "Late Show With David Letterman."

The Beatles made their American television debut on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on February 9, 1964.

During his Letterman appearance, McCartney recalled that it was "kind of scary" the first time the Beatles appeared on Sullivan's show.

However, he didn't acknowledge it when a floor manager asked "you nervous?" when the curtain was about to be raised for McCartney to perform "Yesterday" alone without his bandmates.

"You should be," McCartney said the manager told him. "There's 73 million people watching."

Letterman said that his impression of the Beatles was that it was four guys on a long spring break, having a great time. The Beatles went briefly to Miami the first time they came to the US.

"The British car firm loaned us an MG each and, you know, there was a beach and sand and girls and, come on!" McCartney said.

Letterman and McCartney talked about the ex-Beatle's friendship with the late Michael Jackson. The two men recorded the duet "The Girl Is Mine" on Jackson's "Thriller" album.

McCartney advised Jackson to think about music publishing as an investment.

Jackson bought rights to many of the Beatles' songs, and McCartney's hopes of getting a deal with him were in vain.

"We kind of drifted apart after that," McCartney said. "But he was a lovely man, massively talented and we miss him."

McCartney opens a US tour today at Citi Field, which is the New York Mets stadium that opened this year.

The Beatles played in the Mets previous home, Shea Stadium, in 1965.


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