Kanye West sideman Paul McCartney made hearts swoon across NYC when he announced a surprise intimate Valentine's Day concert at Irving Plaza Saturday morning. And unless you had a fairy Daily News spirit on your side, you probably weren't able to get tickets before it sold out. But those who did get to go—which included a boatload of celebrities in town for the SNL 40th Anniversary show tonight—were treated to all the classic silly love songs that have made Macca an icon for multiple generations.

Macca delivered a no-frills band performance for the crowd, which numbered less than 1,000, with a 26-song set derived from his current tour. You want Cavern Club-worthy rock 'n' roll? Here's "Matchbox," "Born In The USSR," "One After 909," and "It's So Easy." You want some prime Wings pop? "Let Me Roll It," "Another Day," "Jet." How about timeless Beatles classics? "Let It Be," "Lady Madonna," "Hey Jude" and the Abbey Road medley.

And how about some of the all-time great love songs of the late 20th century? "Maybe I'm Amazed," "All My Loving," "And I Love Her," "We Can Work It Out" and "I've Just Seen A Face." And for "My Valentine," a recent ballad dedicated to wife Nancy Shevell, red confetti petals fell upon the crowd: "That’s the big spectacular production number of this evening," he noted.

As the Times wrote, McCartney and the band were a little looser than usual, which gave an extra boost to an already special evening:

In the club, Mr. McCartney and his band weren’t intent on being as polished as they might be in a studio or stadium. They let Abe Laboriel Jr.’s drum flourishes erupt; they plowed ahead when Mr. McCartney’s voice grew ragged in “Jet.” The songs, so familiar but still eagerly awaited, lived up to decades of memories; there was no question about everyone joining in on “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da” or “Hey Jude.” The encore, the grand finale of “Abbey Road,” summed up much of Mr. McCartney’s songwriting in its quick-changing suite: ballad, rocker, anthem, benediction. “In the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make,” he declared. It was, after all, Valentine’s Day.

Sure, it's disappointing you couldn't be there in person to see the show. But at least you get to watch 28 seconds of McCartney leaving Irving Plaza at 2 a.m. this morning.