Picks and Pans Review: Paul McCartney Up Close

updated 02/08/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 02/08/1993 AT 01:00 AM EST

MTV (Wed., Feb. 3, 10 p.m. ET)

B+

This performance special is a homecoming for Paul: It was taped in the same Manhattan theater where, 29 years ago this week, the Beatles made their American debut on Ed Sullivan's variety show. In interview snippets between songs, Paul reminisces about the audition for John Lennon that landed him in the Fab Four, the advantages of being left-handed and the original lyrics to "Yesterday": "Scrambled eggs/ Oh my baby, how I love your legs."

This time around, there are no frenzied adolescent girls in the audience. (MTV invited a more mature crowd.) But with a musical program that takes in old rockabilly ("Twenty Flight Rock"), Beatles faves ("Lady Madonna") and cuts from his forthcoming album ("Hope of Deliverance"), McCartney proves that he's still a steady-rollin' rocker and a superior showman at age 50.

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