Paul McCartney honors 'Help!' 50th anniversary with surprise for Japanese fans

The fans at the Paul McCartney show at the Tokyo Budokan April 28 got quite a surprise when he played a song he'd never played live before. The song, “Another Girl,” comes from the soundtrack of the movie “Help!,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. According to a video of the song online that you can see on this page, he first asked if there were any fans in attendance that had been to the original Budokan Beatles shows. Several fans responded. He then did the song after saying something briefly in Japanese and there was a gasp from fans when they realized what song he was playing. The song was one of several Beatles songs in the show's setlist, that also included “Can't Buy Me Love,” “Birthday” “Got To Get You Into My Life.”

The Budokan, considered a martial arts venue, has a very memorable place in Beatles history. The group played five shows there between June 30 and July 2 in front of 10,000 fans each show. The concert on June 30 and the first show July 1 were videotaped in color by Nippon Television (NTV). The shows, in excellent quality, have been released both legitimately and by bootleggers. The pictures from the show on this page are courtesy of Jash's Paul McCartney page.

“It’s very exciting to be returning to the Budokan because it is a very special place and was the first place we played in Japan,” McCartney said in advance of the concert. “There was a lot of controversy at the time but I now know that it is a regular venue for a lot of people. But for me it has a very special place in my memory.”

Here's the full official set list from the Budokan on April 28 (additions in bold): “Can't Buy Me Love” (changed from “Magical Mystery Tour”), “Save Us, “All My Loving” (changed from “Can't Buy Me Love”), “One After 909” (changed from “Listen to What the Man Said”), “Let Me Roll It/Foxey Lady,” “Paperback Writer,” “My Valentine,” “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five”, “Maybe I'm Amazed” (“The Long and Winding Road” deleted) , “I've Just Seen a Face,” “Another Day,” “Dance Tonight” (added), “We Can Work It Out” (was before “Another Day” previously, also “Hope For the Future” deleted), “And I Love Her,” “Blackbird,” (“Here Today” deleted), “NEW,” (“Queenie Eye” deleted), “Lady Madonna,” “Another Girl” (added), “Got To Get You Into My Life” (added), (“All Together Now,” “Lovely Rita,” “Eleanor Rigby” deleted), “Being for the Benefit of Mr Kite,” (“Something” deleted), “Ob-La-Di Ob-La-Da,” (“Band on the Run” deleted), “Back in the U.S.S.R.,” “Let It Be,” “Live and Let Die,” “Hey Jude.”

Encore: “Yesterday,” “Birthday” (no “Helter Skelter”) “Golden Slumbers”/“Carry That Weight”/“The End.” (Entire first encore of “Day Tripper,” “Hi Hi Hi,” “I Saw Her Standing There” which usually preceded these songs, deleted).

The tour heads to Seoul, South Korea May 2. After that, the tour will move to Europe beginning with shows at the 02 in London on May 23 and 24. then the Echo Arena in Liverpool May 28. Tickets for these shows are available here.