Paul McCartney Atop The Ed Sullivan Theater

What to do when a superstar holds an impromptu free concert.

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The scene on the street was chaotic to say the least. In addition to the people and barricades, Philip had to contend with large video camera booms that managed to swing through his frame at just the wrong times. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 70mm; 1/160 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 400.

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Arm raised triumphantly, Mr. McCartney acknowledges the crowd after finishing a rousing performance of “Get Back.” Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/500 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1600.

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The green arrow from the sign made a cute prop, but we found it interesting that the company that made it is called Paul Signs. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/640 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1600.

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Paul made his way to the front of the marquee for a little rock and roll grandstanding. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/800 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1600.

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Back at his microphone, Paul looks to his right as his lead guitarist rips through a solo. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/500 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1600.

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Leaning back and rocking out. The decades have treated him well. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/320 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1600.

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The Italian restaurant sign points down toward him, so he points right back. Take that! Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/250 sec.; f/7.1; ISO 1600.

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In a brief pause before the final number, Mr. McCartney looks in our direction. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/200 sec.; f/7.1; ISO 1600.

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Paul finishes up the set with gusto and the crowd goes wild. Shot details: Sony A900; 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM zoomed to 400mm; 1/400 sec.; f/5.6; ISO 1600.