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Paul McCartney Performs 'A Hard Day's Night' (Video)

| by Michael Allen
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Music legend Paul McCartney played the famous Beatles tune "A Hard Day's Night" for the first time in 51 years to open his show at the Save Mart Center in Fresno, California, April 13 (video below).

According to Rolling Stone, McCartney said that his One On One Tour would include "no shortage of surprises."

McCartney's show packed in 38 songs according to Setlist.fm, including "Love Me Do," another Beatles song he has never performed fully as a solo artist, only as part of a medley in 1990, reports EW.com.

The last time McCartney played "A Hard Day's Night" was during a Beatles concert in Daly City, California, on Aug. 31, 1965, notes Rolling Stone. The last full "Love Me Do" performance dates back to a Beatles concert in London on Oct. 16, 1963.

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He also sang "In Spite Of All The Danger," a song by The Quarryman, a band he joined that was started by John Lennon, which would morph into the Silver Beatles and, finally, the Beatles.

After McCartney sang "Love Me Do," he dedicated it to the Beatles' late producer George Martin and told a story about recording the song.

McCartney recalled that Lennon would sing the chorus, but  George Harrison wanted the harmonica to come in at "do." McCartney recalled Martin asking him to sing the chorus and admitted that he can still hear his nervousness in the song's original 1963 recording.

McCartney also sang other Beatles songs that he has done in concert before: "You Won't See Me," "Blackbird," "Back in the U.S.S.R.," "Hey Jude," "Can't Buy Me Love," "I've Got a Feeling," "Lady Madonna," "Eleanor Rigby," "Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite," "Something" (tribute to George Harrison) "Here, There and Everywhere," "We Can Work It Out," "Let It Be," "Hey Jude," "Birthday," "The Fool on the Hill," "Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da," "And I Love Her," and "Yesterday."

He also sang three-lesser known songs -- "Golden Slumbers," "Carry That Weight," "The End" -- from the Beatles' last album "Abbey Road."

McCartney's tour has a few more U.S. dates, goes overseas, and then back to the U.S. where it is slated to end Aug. 13 in St. Louis.

McCartney also has a 67-song compilation album of his post-Beatles tunes coming out in June.

"A Hard Day's Night"

"In Spite Of All The Danger," You Won't See Me," "Love Me Do," Tribute to George Martin, "Love Me Do" Story, "And I Love Her"

Sources: Rolling Stone, EW.com, SetList.fm / Photo credit: Cal Vid2 / YouTube

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