Paul McCartney surprises diners at Tahoe-area restaurant
03-30) 16:35 PST TRUCKEE, Calif. (AP) --
Paul McCartney capped a ski vacation at Lake Tahoe with an impromptu
performance at the same Sierra Nevada restaurant where he entertained
surprised diners last year.
"Unfortunately, you have an unscheduled guest here at Moody's," the
former Beatle said when he took the stage with a jazz trio late
About 70 people crowded around as McCartney sang the jazz
standard "Don't Get Around Much Anymore" with the George Souza Trio.
Then, he asked the band to play the blues rocker "Kansas City" and he
altered the lyrics into a tribute to "Tahoe City" -- a neighboring
"I'm going to Tahoe City, going to get me some skiing," he sang as
the patrons joined in for the refrain.
"Everyone totally went nuts," Souza said Tuesday.
McCartney, 61, made a similar appearance last February at Moody's
Bistro and Lounge in the old Truckee Hotel built in the 1870s. Last
year, he improvised a tune he called the "Truckee Blues." He said
Monday night that it was becoming his "annual residency."
"It was awesome," said David LaPlante, 34, Reno, who took in the
scene with his wife, Jessica.
"I'm a little young to be a die-hard fan, but he's Paul McCartney, a
living legend. ... and he's sitting 15 feet away from you in a
restaurant in Truckee," he said.
Adam Comey of Salt Lake City was in town for a ski competition his
sports production company is producing at the nearby Kirkwood Ski
"There was sort of a buzz in the whole room but I was clueless until
he got up on stage," Comey said.
"It's something you could never expect in your lifetime, to go to a
small restaurant in Truckee, California and see Paul McCartney sing a
couple of creative tunes. It was a blast," he said.
McCartney and his wife, Heather Mills, called ahead earlier in the
day to Moody's co-owners Mark Estee, the chef, and J.J. Morgan, the
"It was an unbelievable repeat performance. They had a great time
partly because we make sure everybody respects their privacy," Estee
The couple had been skiing at Tahoe resorts for about a week and
attended the Prince concert Saturday night at the University of
Nevada, Reno, about 30 miles from Truckee.
"They just kind of snuck him in through the kitchen," Souza said.
They ate dinner at a corner table next to the band before McCartney
joined the trio on stage shortly after 9:30 p.m. for about 15
"It was definitely a feel-good time by everybody. I think he seemed
like he had fun," said Souza, who played a jazz rendition
of "Yesterday" for the couple.
"They were probably there two hours. He was very gracious," Souza
said. "I think the guy has a future in show business."