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Paul McCartney Surprises Tokyo Fans With Beatles Hit

Fans wait for the arrival of Paul McCartney before his gig at the Nippon Budokan arena in Tokyo, April 28, 2015.

Almost 50 years after the Beatles delivered memorable performances at Tokyo's Nippon Budokan arena, former band member Paul McCartney returned to the venue Tuesday with a special treat for his fans.

McCartney, 72, surprised the audience by singing the Beatles' "Another Girl," the first time the song has ever been performed live, the singer's publicist said.

The veteran British musician performed other Beatles hits and some of his own, and he addressed the excited crowd in Japanese, saying, "Long time, no see, Budokan."

"It was sensational and quite emotional remembering the first time and then experiencing this fantastic audience tonight," McCartney said in a statement.

The Beatles first played the Budokon arena in 1966, amid protests from locals angered at the use of the venue for a musical act, as it was intended to be a sporting arena.

The controversy died down, and over the past five decades, several musical acts have come to the Tokyo arena.

McCartney last performed in Japan in 2013, near the beginning of his international "Out There" tour, but not at the Budokan venue. His current tour will wrap up in July in Chicago.