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Macca Plays Surprise Intimate Gig

LONDON (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Sir Paul eschewed the big lights and stage of a major stage to debut his latest solo album to a packed London nightclub.

A closely-held secret until the morning of the June 7th concert, the 1,000 free tickets were snapped up by eager Beatles fans in a scant 13 minutes, the BBC reported.

Held at Camden's Electric Ballroom, McCartney played tracks from his latest effort "Memory Almost Full" along with Beatles classics like "Hey Jude" and "Drive My Car."

McCartney hasn't performed live since he put in an appearance at the UK version of Live 8 in 2005. "It's a little while since I played a gig like this," he told the audience at one point.

"After all these years he still connects with audiences like no one else," Michael Kinraid from London told the BBC.

McCartney's latest release dropped on Monday, the infant Starbuck's record label's first issue. Heavily promoted, the album, which has gotten mixed, if generally favorable reviews. – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers