McCartney Surprises Diners at Trukee Restaurant

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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 Monday night.

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 lakefront town.

"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 Resort.

"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 general manager.

"It was an unbelievable repeat performance. They had a great time partly because we make sure everybody respects their privacy," Estee said.

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 minutes.

"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."