17th December 2010 – Paul McCartney’s ‘Packed Lunch’ at the 100 Club

On 17th December 2010, Paul McCartney played one of the smallest gigs of his career – at the 100 Club in London’s Oxford Street – and I was one of the lucky few to be there.

The 100 Club is just a few hundred metres from Paul’s offices of MPL in Soho Square. At the time, the 100 Club was in danger of closing down, due to high rents and rates. There has been a club at the premises since 1941, and a campaign was launched to help save it. Paul’s son, James, had played there earlier in the year, and at the gig Paul got into talks with the owners about doing a benefit gig.

The gig was at lunchtime on a normal work day, and as we were queuing to get in, people were doing their last minute Christmas shopping in the always busy Oxford Street shops. I’d been to the 100 Club many times before, and seen Beatles tribute bands there – but never thought I’d see a real Beatle there!!

The gig lasted more than 2 hours, and Paul was in great voice and spirits throughout, often exchanging banter with the audience. He sang many songs he normally doesn’t do live  – including ‘Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying’ – a staple from the Beatles Hamburg days.


Paul McCartney singing Don't Catch You Crying at the 100 Club

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 17 December 2010


Another highlight was a great rendition of Hitch Hike – which was of course a big 60s hit for Marvin Gaye

Paul MCartney singing Marvin Gaye's Hitch Hike at the 100 Club today

Posted by Richard Porter on Friday, 17 December 2010


It was one of the best musical moments of my life, and I’m glad to say, helped save the 100 Club, which is still going strong to this day :>)

Paul McCartney at the 100 Club


1 thought on “17th December 2010 – Paul McCartney’s ‘Packed Lunch’ at the 100 Club”

  1. Anna Frawley says:

    That was very lucky for you, Richard. I know 100 Club very well. It’s tiny and the most fabulous venue in London, in my opinion. To see and hear Paul there must’ve been absolutely wonderful.

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