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With this year’s Glastonbury Festival headlining performance, Sir Paul McCartney created history. After Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, the 80-year-old Beatles legend took the stage in front of a roaring crowd. At the adored festival in Somerset, Paul was rocking out on the Pyramid Stage as he prepared to make festival history.
Not only did the legendary musician perform some of his most well-known songs from his long career, but he also created history by being the oldest solo performer to open the Worthy Farm event. To the audience’s delight, there was also a very touching moment when Sir Paul performed a virtual duet with his late Beatles bandmate John Lennon.
I’m singing with John once more; we’re back together, he said.
The performer, who momentarily interrupted his headlining show to check on a festival-goer, looked sharp as he entered the stage on Saturday night. He was wearing a navy button-up shirt. Two other special guests, Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters, also appeared with him on stage.
As he addressed the audience and got ready to play, Sir Paul was completely at ease. With a rendition of the song Can’t Buy Me, Love, he opened the show, which featured a sign language interpreter. The vast Glastonbury festival crowd broke out in a chorus of “Happy Birthday” for their Saturday night headline act, and the music veteran appeared speechless.
The vast sea of admirers appeared to be totally absorbed in his performance as they fixed their attention on the screens and the stage.
The Oasis singer Noel’s performance at Glastonbury ended with the arrival of a Beatles legend, transporting audience members back in time by several decades. However, he did take a little break from paying homage to Jimi Hendrix to see how someone in the crowd was doing.
Even with the music video playing in the background, the artist sang his love song My Valentine, which he dedicated to his wife, Nancy. Even Johnny Depp showed up in the moving song’s music video.
Early on, he quipped as he removed his gorgeous blazer, “Okay, that was the only wardrobe change of the entire evening.” Dave Grohl, the lead vocalist of the Foo Fighters, joined Sir Paul on stage as a special guest. He had flown in, particularly for the colossal headline performance.
The frontman’s problems in traveling to the UK indicate that not even celebrities are immune from airport mayhem. For example, the early Beatles’ classic, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” was performed after the songs “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Glory Days.”
Sir Paul, a founding member of The Beatles, also shared memories of those times, including the first time he played a solo on a song in front of George Martin. A film of John Lennon was used to accompany moving performances of “Let It Be” and “Hey Jude,” which enthralled the enthusiastic audience.
The hundreds of thousands of people watching live were enthralled by Sir Paul waving the Ukrainian flag. On June 18, the iconic Beatle turned 80, and festival-goers made sure he felt honored by singing Happy Birthday to him.
When Sir Paul released Here Today, a song dedicated to his late friend John, the enormous crowd fell silent two years after John’s passing in 1980.
Following his performance, he urged the crowd to express their love for those they care about.
2004 saw Sir Paul perform on the Pyramid Stage. Following the festival’s youngest headliner, Billie Eilish, Worthy Farm then hosted his eagerly anticipated performance.