Paul McCartney Leads ‘Hey Jude’ Hollywood Sing Along for PETA’s 35th Birthday (Photos)

Joaquin Phoenix, Emily Deschanel, RZA, Kesha, Anjelica Huston, Molly Shannon and Tony Hawk among guest list at Wednesday night’s black tie birthday bash

9:30 p.m. – That’s the unspoken curfew on the school night Hollywood dinner-fundraiser circuit.

For PETA’s big tent that cuts across high-low Hollywood, standing around for 45 minutes until 10:15 p.m. while Paul McCartney’s crew set up a stage inside the Palladium at PETA’s 35th Birthday Bash was the worth the wait.

The long time PETA advocate and headliner delivered the dessert.

Paul McCartney performed a full concert at PETA's 35th Anniversary Bash on Wednesday night, including hits "Birthday," "Drive My Car", and "Hey Jude." (Mikey Glazer)

Paul McCartney performed a full concert at PETA’s 35th Anniversary Bash on Wednesday night, including hits “Birthday,” “Drive My Car”, and “Hey Jude.” (Mikey Glazer)

After an all-Vegan dinner party for 1,200 and awards show drawing activists as equally passionate as they are dissimilar (see: Joaquin Phoenix, RZA, and Mary Matalin) to the same stage, Sir Paul gave an 80 minute career-spanning set.

(Mikey Glazer)

(Mikey Glazer)

From the appropriate opener for the occasion (“Birthday”) to the encore sending the crowd out on to Sunset Blvd., “Golden Slumbers” (the “Carry the Weight a Long Time” song), McCartney avoided another cliché of the charity performance – a 3 song cameo set.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actors Alicia Silverstone (L) and James Cromwell attend PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)

Alicia Silverstone auctioned off a picnic lunch (cooked by her) and hung with James Cromwell, who has been arrested for protesting with PETA. (Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)

Who does an encore at a private show?

The Beatle who annotated each song with a story, like a 50 year old tale of Jimi Hendrix throwing his guitar out of tune playing “Sgt. Peppers” and then sheepishly asking if “Eric” (Clapton) could come fix it, or a shout-out to individual PETA staff by name, like President and fellow Brit Ingrid Newkirk for “doing all the work”.

Musical highlights included McCartney’s acoustic solo for “Blackbird,” with the 73 year-old shedding his five piece band and using his black-booted heel as the only percussion. Later, he would instruct an audience of seasoned performers like Bill Macy, Rob Zombie, and No Doubt’s Tony Kanal that when I say “Now You!” on “Ob-la-Di, Ob-la-Da”, that’s their cue to sing.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actress Pamela Anderson (L) and musician Tommy Lee attend PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)

Back together for a moment: Pamela Anderson and  Tommy Lee. Anderson hosted most of the night with Anjelica Huston, while Lee won an award.  “Sea World sucks, fur is murder, PETA f–king rules!”, Lee said in his acceptance speech.(Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)

As the set wound down, McCartney got a crowd so closely packed to the stage that people were resting their drinks, purses, and heels on it to sing the “Na-na-na-nas” of “Hey Jude,” even splitting the men and women in the audience for separate solos.

Rob Zombie and Kesha, Lady Bunny and tabloid-star Courtney Stodden exemplify the high-low Hollywood of PETA's big tent. (Getty Images)

Rob Zombie and Kesha, Lady Bunny and tabloid-star Courtney Stodden exemplify the high-low Hollywood of PETA’s big tent. (Getty Images)

Bounding up to a piano on a riser and back down to the front of the stage mid song, sweating, shedding a jacket, and rolling up sleeves, McCartney worked a lot harder than his “Four Five Seconds” collaborator Kanye West did at the Hollywood Bowl this past weekend.

Speaking of the presidential interrupter, Beck joined McCartney for two songs, “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” and “Drive My Car”. The set did not include “Can’t Buy Me Love,” with good reason: everyone in the room had already heard it.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Tish Cyrus (L) and actress Noah Cyrus attend PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)

After Wednesday night’s bash, the next likely stop for Tish Cyrus and 15 year-old award winner Noah Cyrus is Miley’s “SNL” season premiere hosting gig in NYC.  (Todd Williamson/Getty Images for PETA)

Earlier on Wednesday, The Beatles donated “Can’t Buy Me Love” to PETA for an animal adoption campaign. The promo video also includes two and four-legged dancers from “America’s Got Talent” (below).

The performance capped a night of awards to longstanding advocates and performers who have used their megaphones to support PETA. Recent victories include pressuring Ringling Brothers’ in to dropping their elephant acts after a hundred years, and the relentless, public truth-shaming of Sea World that rebranded the company as a public pariah.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: Actor Jason Biggs (L) and tv personality Jillian Michaels accept the Animals In Entertainment award onstage at PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for PETA)

“I’d like to thank my charity agent,” Jason Biggs joked. “(I didn’t know doing commercials would mean) there’s a PETA Humanitarian Award in it for me.” Jillian Michaels was a fellow honoree. ( Kevin Winter/Getty Images for PETA)

“Animal rights and animal welfare is my life’s work,” Moby told the crowd. “I like making music…a lot, but working to improve the lives and quality of life for animals is pretty much what I have dedicated my entire life to.” He then went on to write a $50,000 check.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 30: (L-R) Actors Liberty Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Arlyn Phoenix, Summer Phoenix, Rain Phoenix and Jeffrey Weisberg speak onstage at PETA's 35th Anniversary Party at Hollywood Palladium on September 30, 2015 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for PETA)

“This is our family,” the Phoenix matriarch and 40-year-vegan said while introducing River and Joaquin’s siblings. They presented to “Unity” documentarian Shaun Monson. (Kevin Winter/Getty Images for PETA)

“This is my community,” multi-hyphenate “Enlightened” and “School of Rock” creative Mike White said. George Lopez mixed hot button issues, earning the biggest laughs of the night.

“I’ve always been against fur,” Lopez said. “What is that on the top of (Trump’s) head? I want do dump paint on it.”

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