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McCartney’s surprise school gig

Paul McCartney gave teenagers at a New York school more than they bargained for by doing a concert.

Former The Beatles frontman, Paul, took his solo act to the Big Apple to sing at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria, Queens.

He sang impromptu tunes after doing a question and answer session for iHeartRadio with 400 students.

The session was hosted by Clear Channel Classic Rock WAXQ (Q104.3) radio presenter Jim Kerr, reports New York Daily News.

“This beats going to class,” the 71-year-old told those in the audience. He performed 13 songs including tracks from his old band such as Back in the U.S.S.R.

Paul told the teenagers that fame has provided liberation for him as through his music he can give the audience “something they didn’t know they wanted from you.”

It was to promote his new album, New, which is out from October 15 and the gig will air on the Clear Channel’s Oldies, Classic Rock, Classic Hits, and AC stations at 9pm EST October 14.

It can also be heard on as well as Yahoo! and is not the first time Paul allowed fans to view his live act for free.

He shut down Hollywood Boulevard in Los Angeles, California late last month when he did a Jimmy Kimmel Live! performance on top of the El Capitan Theatre.

Paul cracked joked with the 10,000 person-strong crowd that turned out saying to those at the back: “You alright back there … in Santa Monica?”

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