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Sir Paul McCartney Electrifies Glastonbury With John Lennon Duet And Guests Bruce Springsteen And Dave Grohl

Sir Paul McCartney provided a Glastonbury headline for the history books on Saturday night that included a duet with John Lennon and surprise performances from Bruce Springsteen and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl.

Taking to the Pyramid Stage, the former Beatle became the festival’s oldest solo headliner just a week after his 80th birthday.

To mark the momentous occasion, Sir Paul treated the crowd to a three-hour set of his solo hits as well as popular tracks by the Beatles and later group Wings.

He wowed Glastonbury audiences with a string of classic songs including “Hey Jude”, “Blackbird”, “Live And Let Die”, “Ob-La-Di”, “Ob-La-Da” and “Get Back”.

Using special technology that was able to isolate John Lennon’s vocals from old recordings, Sir Paul was able to duet the Beatles track “I’ve Got A Feeling” with his former bandmate.

Ahead of the song Here Today, he revealed he wrote it after John Lennon died and described it as “kind of a letter” that he never got to write to his bandmate, as he said when they were kids they ” couldn’t express too much affection for each other” as they were “too busy being tough and dead cool”.

As the song ended, he added, “If you want to tell someone you love them, don’t wait, don’t put it off.”

The electrifying show was amplified when he brought Dave Grohl on stage to sing I Saw Her Standing There and Band On The Run.

Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl perform on the Pyramid Stage during day four of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Harry Durrant/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney and Dave Grohl perform on the Pyramid Stage during day four of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Harry Durrant/Getty Images)

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The Foo Fighters frontman revealed he flew in from the US specifically for the gig, but admitted the trip wasn’t without a few bumps as several flights were cancelled, but noted he “would never miss.” to be on stage alongside Sir Paul”.

Sir Paul then announced he had another surprise from America’s East Coast when Bruce Springsteen took the stage.

After the US rocker wished Sir Paul a happy 80th birthday, they played Glory Days and I Wanna Be Your Man.

Paul McCartney performs with Bruce Springsteen as he leads the Pyramid Stage during day four of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)
Paul McCartney performs with Bruce Springsteen as he leads the Pyramid Stage during day four of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Samir Hussein/WireImage)

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Sir Paul also remembered his nearest and dearest during the headline set when he dedicated a piano version of My Valentine and Something to his wife Nancy to his Beatles’ bandmate George Harrison.

Elsewhere in the set, Sir Paul delivered an energetic guitar solo after playing Let Me Roll It.

After playback, he explained that he added this section at the end as a tribute to “the late great Jimi Hendrix.”

He also shared a loving anecdote about Hendrix, recalling how he detuned his guitar while covering the Beatles song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, prompting him to credit guitar master Eric Clapton, who was in the audience ask to help him repair the instrument.

During the story, Sir Paul paused briefly to allow festival staff to review the situation in the crowd and continued after being informed that it had been resolved.

After he finished his main set with Hey Jude, the audience sang the famous lyrics back to the singer until he returned for an encore.

Returning to the stage, he waved the Ukrainian flag while members of his band raised a Pride rainbow flag and the Union Jack.

Paul McCartney performs during day four of the Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Harry Durrant/Getty Images)
Paul McCartney performs during day four of the Glastonbury Festival on the Pyramid Stage at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Harry Durrant/Getty Images)

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To conclude the historic set, he sang the Beatles song The End to a cheering crowd, with Springsteen and Grohl also returning to provide guitar solos.

Although most of the Glastonbury performances were shown live on BBC iPlayer, Sir Paul was not broadcast on the broadcaster’s channels until an hour after his set began.

Ahead of his history-making set on the Pyramid Stage, Sir Paul delivered a surprise preview performance at an intimate venue in Frome, Somerset, playing some of his best-known songs.

A speech by Greta Thunberg was also featured on the Pyramid Stage earlier on Saturday, urging society to take on its “historic responsibility to put things right regarding the global climate crisis.”

Greta Thunberg delivers a speech on the Pyramid Stage during day four of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
Greta Thunberg delivers a speech on the Pyramid Stage during day four of the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Pilton on June 25, 2022 in Glastonbury, England. (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)

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The 19-year-old environmental activist told the crowd she felt there was still hope for the world to choose a path that was “sustainable” and “leads to a future for all”.

Her speech was followed by a set by pop-rock band Haim, followed by Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on the Pyramid Stage.

The Pyramid Stage also hosted musical stars Haim, AJ Tracey, Easy Life, Joy Crookes and Les Amazones d’Afrique on Saturday.

US pop star Olivia Rodrigo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion both performed on the Other Stage, while Mercury winner Celeste performed on the West Holts Stage.

Billie Eilish gave an electrifying headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on Friday to close the first day of performances at Glastonbury.

Her performance was a milestone for the festival as she became Glastonbury’s youngest-ever solo headliner.

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