Paul McCartney served up some surprises as he headlined the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday night, bringing Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen on stage.
The former Beatle, who turned 80 on June 18, was the oldest ever solo headliner at the four-day event, CNBC reported. He kicked off his set with “Can’t Buy Me Love” and gave the crowd a sampling from a musical career that has spanned more than six decades.
Grohl, the frontman for the Foo Fighters, joined McCartney onstage in his first public performance since the death of his band’s drummer, Taylor Hawkins, according to the BBC. Grohl helped McCartney with a garage rock version of “I Saw Her Standing There.”
“This guy flew in specially to do this,” McCartney told the audience, turning to Grohl. “We love you.”
“I swear, I would never miss being right here with you, right now,” Grohl answered.
Grohl also sang on McCartney’s hit from his days with Wings, “Band on the Run,” the BBC reported.
McCartney was not done with surprises for the audience after singing with his “friend from the west coast of America,” as he introduced Springsteen, CNBC reported.
Springsteen, who joined McCartney on June 16 during the singer’s final North American concert on his “Got Back” tour in East Rutherford, New Jersey, sang his own hit, “Glory Days” and then contributed to the Beatles’ hit, “I Wanna Be Your Man,” according to CNBC.
He also sang Beatles songs like “Love Me Do,” “Hey Jude,” “Get Back” and “Lady Madonna,” and his recent solo effort, “Come On to Me.” McCartney also trotted out a pre-Beatles song, “In Spite of All the Danger,” which he originally performed with John Lennon and George Harrison as the Quarrymen.
McCartney also paid tribute to his late Beatles partners, playing Harrison’s “Something” on a ukulele given to him by the guitarist, and performed a virtual duet with Lennon on “I’ve Got a Feeling,” CNBC reported.
Grohl and Springsteen came back for the final encore of “The End,” the classic medley of songs from the Beatles’ “Abbey Road” album.
“Thank you Dave, thank you Bruce, thank you Glasto,” McCartney said before leaving the stage, CNBC reported.
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