Paul McCartney made history over the weekend by becoming the oldest solo artist to headline the UK’s Glastonbury Festival at the age of 80 – and he invited a few famous friends on stage to help him mark the occasion.
In the second half of his sprawling nearly three-hour set, the Beatles legend recruited both Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl – for his first public performance since the death of fellow Foo Fighters bandmate Taylor Hawkins.
The musicians helped Macca play two songs each; Grohl participated in I saw her standing there and Wings Runaway group – which Foo Fighters covered in 2007 – while the Boss appeared for glory day from his 1984 album Born in the United States, and the Beatles I want to be your man.
“This guy came specifically to do this,” McCartney told the crowd gathered on the Pyramid Stage during Grohl’s presentation. “We love you.”
The Foo Fighters frontman told Macca that although his flight from the United States has been canceled twice, he “will never miss being on stage with [McCartney] at present”.
During Springsteen’s time on stage, he referenced McCartney’s recent 80th birthday, wishing him “another glorious 80 years.”
Springsteen and Grohl joined McCartney for the set’s final song, a rendition of The Beatles’ The end.
Another highlight of the set came with the start of the encore, in which Macca delivered a virtual duo of I have a feeling with his late Beatles bandmate John Lennon, whose voice had been isolated from the rooftop concert of the 1969 Beatles classic in London.
“It’s so special to me,” McCartney told the audience. “I know it’s virtual, but here I am singing again with John. We are back together.
Macca has performed 38 songs in total, spanning his illustrious six-decade career. Notable inclusions were Beatles classics like So be it, Lady Madonna, Come back and love me doWing tracks including Live and Let Die, let them in and let me roll itand a selection of his solo pieces, namely To come to me, My Valentine and Here today.
“Oh, man, it’s so good to be here. We were supposed to do this three years ago,” the Beatles legend told the crowd at the start of the set, referring to the canceled 2020 edition of Glastonbury.
“But here we are. We’ve got old songs for you, we’ve got new songs and we’ve got in-betweens…and I have a feeling we’re going to have a great time.
Dave Grohl’s appearance during Paul McCartney’s set comes just over two months before the Foo Fighters stage two Hawkins tribute shows – one in London and one in Los Angeles.
The rock stalwarts will be joined by a roster of guest musicians including Brian May, Wolfgang Van Halen, Geddy Lee, Alex Lifeson, Josh Homme, Stewart Copeland, Chris Chaney, Omar Hakim, Mark Ronson and Hawkins’ side band. Chevrolet Metal.