Crowds at Grand Central for Paul McCartney ‘Secret’ Show
Paul McCartney is doing a “secret concert” in New York Friday, and we think we know where.
The venue of the concert has not been confirmed, but an NBC 4 reporter came across a concert stage being set up at Grand Central across from the Great Northern Food Hall. Police and security were stationed outside and inside the terminal, with barricades blocking one entrance at 42nd Street and Park Avenue.
While the show is not meant to start until 8 p.m., super fans were lining up from early Friday morning hoping to get inside. Another clue: special edition McCartney MetroCards are being sold at Grand Central, causing long lines at the booth.
Alas, only 300 fans got tickets to the show through an online sweepstakes. Adam Meyers of Long Island was one of them.
“This is definitely going to be an amazing night, something I’ll remember forever,” he said.
If you’re not invited or — like us — are still working out how to get a ticket, the Beatles star said fans will be able to tune in to livestream the performance. McCartney will be performing tracks from his new album “Egypt Station” along with Beatles, Wings and solo classics.
The concert was initially announced on his website. McCartney hinted at the location on “The Tonight Show With Jimmy Fallon” Thursday, saying “Album is called ‘Egypt Station’ — clue there, station. Going to be grand!”
Brian Sullivan, who’s seen McCartney about 75 times, flew into New York City from Miami Friday morning, even though he doesn’t have a ticket.
“Worse case is, I’ll say I heard him,” he said.
Nina Galpern of Philadelphia — such a big fan that, after McCartney signed her foot, she had it tattooed — was another one of the many fans without tickets standing around.
“We’re just gonna hang around and see if we can hear it,” she said. “Better than sitting at home watching on the computer screen.”
The rock star has been out and about in New York City the last week. During his appearance on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon,” he surprised fans in the elevators of 30 Rock.
The livestream will start at 8 p.m. on YouTube. No other information has been released about how a fan might attend the secret concert at this stage.