July 26, 2018 / 10:59 AM / a year ago

Paul McCartney returns to Beatles' Liverpool club for surprise gig

LONDON, July 26 (Reuters) - Paul McCartney surprised fans on Thursday by announcing a small free gig at The Cavern Club - the cellar venue in Liverpool where The Beatles made their name more than 50 years ago.

The 76-year-old, who usually plays to vast arenas, said on Twitter he would perform at 2 p.m. (1300 GMT), with tickets being handed out for free from 10 a.m. “on a first come, first served basis”.

“Space is EXTREMELY limited!” said the tweet.

The Beatles first played at the Cavern - a cramped cellar bar in the northern English port city - in 1961. The band went on to become a global phenomenon before splitting up in 1970.

The original Cavern Club closed in 1973 and was eventually knocked down. But the bricks were saved and used to build the venue that now stands in its place.

McCartney will begin a world tour in September. (Reporting by Marie-Louise Gumuchian Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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