Sir Paul McCartney has thrown his weight behind the campaign to keep a threatened music venue open, as his show there sold out in a matter of seconds.
The music legend announced yesterday that he was to play the tiny 100 Club for an intimate warm-up show but kept his views about the potential closure of the venue under wraps.
However today (Wednesday) he said the show was partly to help campaigners in their efforts to ensure the club, famed for its part in the birth of punk, as well as its jazz roots, lives on.
Only 300 people will be able to see Sir Paul's show on Friday and the £60 tickets sold out instantly. It is the smallest show he has played since an appearance at Liverpool's Cavern Club in 1999.
The 100 Club, which hosted early performances by The Sex Pistols, The Damned and The Clash, may be forced to close because rents for the building in London's Oxford Street have rocketed.
Sir Paul said: "I've never played at The 100 Club before and it's great to be playing at a venue with so much great history that has seen so many brilliant gigs over the years.
He joked: "One of the reasons for playing The 100 Club, besides playing a small club gig, is so that we can be part of the campaign to help the venue stay open for a new generation of up and coming artists, like myself."
The show is a prelude to performances at the HMV Apollo on Saturday and Liverpool's O2 Academy on Monday.