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McCartney Serenades Wife, Plays ‘New’ Tunes at iHeartRadio Album Release Party

Lyndsey Parker
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This week, Paul McCartney celebrated the release of New (his 16th studio album and first full album of all-new original material since 2007) with an exclusive Yahoo Screen concert stream of his "iHeartRadio Album Release Party," shot live at the prestigious Frank Sinatra School for the Arts in Queens, New York. (Check out Yahoo Screen's Music channel for videos.) But he had another reason to celebrate: his second anniversary with wife Nancy Shevell, who was in the crowd among the students when he played his song just for her, "New."

"My wife is in the audience. Don't hide, Nance," he said. "Give a wave. This is inspired by Nancy. This is for you. Happy anniversary, baby."

"You came along and made my life a song/Oh, lucky day you came along/Just in time while I was searching for the light/You came along, then we were new," Paul then crooned to his blushing bride.

Nancy — a Jersey girl, former board member of New York City's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, and vice-president of her father's trucking company — married Paul on October 9, 2011, after being re-introduced to him at a series of dinner parties hosted by her second cousin, Barbara Walters. Nancy actually first met Paul 20 years ago, when she and her-then husband, lawyer Bruce Blakeman, befriended Paul and his first wife, the late Linda McCartney, in the Hamptons.

The unassuming Nancy has proven much more private and press-shy than her predecessor (Paul's second wife, Heather Mills), which seems to have endeared her to Paul's fans and family — and, probably, to the Frank Sinatra School's students.

Another New cut Paul performed at his iHeartRadio Album Release Party was "Save Us," an energetic guitar anthem featuring lyrics like "In the heat of battle, you've got something that will save us" — suggesting that New will feature political numbers in addition to Paul's signature "silly love songs."

Towards the end of his set, Macca dipped into his Wings catalog for a hard-charging "Band on the Run," proving that he is far from slowing down, even at age 71. Surely this vivacious performance was inspiring to fans of all ages sitting in that school auditorium in Astoria.

McCartney's full setlist at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts was as follows:

"Eight Days a Week"
"Save Us"
"Jet"
Q&A
"New"
"Lady Madonna"
Q&A
"We Can Work It Out"
"Everybody Out There"
"Blackbird"
Q&A
"For the Benefit of Mr. Kite"
"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
Q&A
"Band on the Run"
"Back in the U.S.S.R."
"Hey Jude"

Stay tuned for exciting new on Yahoo Screen's next live stream concert, coming next week!

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