LONDON – Paul McCartney’s show at the Glastonbury Festival took two years. Fans thought it was worth the wait.
The former Beatle made all the stops – and brought in big guest rock’n’roll stars – for a two-and-a-half-hour concert at the South West England festival on Saturday night.
McCartney was to play Glastonbury in 2020. That year’s festival and the 2021 edition were plagued by the coronavirus pandemic.
Now 80, he is the festival’s oldest solo headliner.
McCartney and his band treated the huge crowd with Beatles classics like “Get Back,” “Hey Jude,” “Blackbird” and “Let it Be,” along with solo hits like “Live and Let Die” and younger material.
Foo Fighters leader Dave Grohl went on to play “Saw Her Standing There” and “Band on the Run.” Afterwards Bruce Springsteen and McCartney, the boss and the Beatles, performed a duet on Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and Lennon-McCartney’s first song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
McCartney paid tribute to his Beatles bandmate George Harrison, who died in 2001, performing “Something,” written by Harrison. Thanks to technology, he sang with images of John Lennon, murdered in 1980, in “I’ve Got a Feeling.”
“I think I just saw one of the most legendary performances ever,” fan Jake Richardson said after the show.
Actor and comedian Steve Coogan, who was also in the audience, described the experience as “quite overwhelming.”
“I don’t think there is anyone in the world who can just give such pure joy to people,” he told the BBC.
Glastonbury finishes Sunday with a headline set by Kendrick Lamar.
Some 200,000 people attend the four-day festival at Worthy Farm in the south-west of England, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary.
The 3,000 performers included Billie Eilish, Ziggy Marley, Megan Thee Stallion, Foals, Olivia Rodrigo, Diana Ross, Herbie Hancock and the Pet Shop Boys.
Also among the guests were environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who delivered a passionate speech on climate change, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who addressed the festival by video on Friday.
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