You kind of had to be there — or in the generation right after, at least — to understand the residual excitement still extant in any Beatle sighting. Thus, a nice Monday morning post for some: Paul McCartney, backed by San Francisco’s own Kronos Quartet, singing “Yesterday” at Outside Lands on Friday …

Report and photos from Rolling Stone. And the San Jose Mercury News wrapup of each day here, here and here.

More from McCartney’s set on YouTube below, and YouTube video of other performers here.

“The End”


“Hey Jude”


“Lady Madonna”




“Eight Days a Week”


“We Can Work It Out”


“Helter Skelter”

  • catherine L

    In-depth article about McCartney and Kronos on by local SF rock historian, Richie Unterberger

  • walter crump

    The excitement stirred wasn’t just because it was “any Beatle sighting”. The excitement was because Paul McCartney gave a brilliant, moving performance of timeless songs. Also, he hardly showed up to be “sighted.” He rocked the crowd. Further, what’s with the “you had to be there” or of a generation comment? The twenty-somethings I met were as every bit as excited, if not more, than the older folks in the audience. Was KQED’s John Brooks even there? Seems like he wasn’t.

  • oodood

    I’ve seen many shows in y 57 years (including Paul in ’04). This was easily, without any doubt, the most remarkable and moving show I have ever witnessed. It was beyond magical. It literally brought me to tears, not an easy accomplishment. If you weren’t there, I’m sorry.


Jon Brooks

Jon Brooks writes mostly on film for KQED Arts. He is also an online editor and writer for KQED's daily news blog, News Fix. Jon is a playwright whose work has been produced in San Francisco, New York, Italy, and around the U.S.

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