McCartney is in town to promote his new album, “New,” which will be released Tuesday. Fellow music legend Tony Bennett, who founded the high school, tweeted a photo of McCartney sitting at his piano painted in psychedelic colors in front of an auditorium full of students clapping along and raising their hands.
Bennett attended the performance at the school, at 35-12 35th Ave. in Queens, along with McCartney’s wife, Nancy Shevell, and about 400 students, according to published reports. The event was hosted by radio disc jockey Jim Kerr.
McCartney played a handful of songs from his new album, but started with the Beatles classic “Eight Days a Week,” according to a Rolling Stone account of the performance. Other Beatles and Wings numbers were also on the set list, including “Lady Madonna,” “Blackbird,” “Jet,” “Band on the Run,” “We Can Work it Out,” “Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!,” “Back in the U.S.S.R.” and “Hey Jude,” the magazine reported.