Paul had announced an appearance at Liverpool’s world-famous Cavern Club on the Parkinson television show on 3 December 1999. Eleven days later it took place, with just 300 tickets available.It was Paul’s first appearance at the Cavern since The Beatles’ final show there on 3 August 1963.
Paul was promoting his Run Devil Run album of mostly golden oldies, which had been released in October 1999. His company, MPL Communications, arranged for the Cavern Club to stage the event and arrange for it to be filmed. However, the Cavern wasn’t the first choice.
Half of the 300 tickets were raffled through HMV stores, sparking a buying frenzy among fans. There were even reports of women offering sexual favours to the Cavern’s owners in exchange for tickets, though the attempts were unsuccessful.
The show lasted for 75 minutes. In the audience was McCartney’s brother Mike, daughter Stella, and 27 other relatives. He also paid tribute to his late wife Linda, dedicating Willie Nelson’s Lonesome Town to “loved ones past, present and future”.
Although tickets were rarer than hens’ teeth, thousands of fans assembled at Liverpool’s Chevasse Park to watch the concert on an outdoor screen. It was also watched by three million people on the internet, and was broadcast later that evening on BBC Radio 2.
It was filmed on 14 December 1999, during his concert at the Cavern Club, in Liverpool, England, and it was directed by Geoff Wonfor. On stage with McCartney were David Gilmour, Mick Green, Ian Paice, Pete Wingfield, and Chris Hall. The DVD earned Gold status in Australia.
“Honey Hush” (Joe Turner)
“Blue Jean Bop” (Gene Vincent, Morris Levy)
“Brown Eyed Handsome Man” (Chuck Berry)
“Fabulous” (Harry Land, Jon Sheldon)
“What It Is” (Paul McCartney)
“Lonesome Town” (Baker Knight)
“Twenty Flight Rock” (Ned Fairchild)
“No Other Baby” (Dickie Bishop, Bob Watson)
“Try Not to Cry” (McCartney)
“Shake a Hand” (Joe Morris)
“All Shook Up” (Otis Blackwell, Elvis Presley)
“I Saw Her Standing There” (Lennon–McCartney)
“Party” (Jessie Mae Robinson)