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Paul McCartney impresses Glastonbury with Dave Grohl and The Boss


Festival goers watch Paul McCartney perform at the Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm, Somerset, England on Saturday June 25, 2022. (Photo by Joel C Ryan/Invision/AP)

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Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury Festival show was two years late. Fans thought it was worth the wait.

The former Beatle pulled out all the stops – and invited major rock ‘n’ roll stars – for a 2.5-hour gig at the South West England festival on Saturday night.

McCartney was due to play Glastonbury in 2020. Both that year’s festival and the 2021 edition were scuttled by the coronavirus pandemic.

Today, at 80, he is the festival’s oldest solo headliner.

McCartney and his band treated the huge crowd to Beatles classics like ‘Get Back’, ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Blackbird’ and ‘Let it Be’, as well as solo hits such as ‘Live and Let Die’ and newer hardware.

Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl came out to play “Saw Her Standing There” and “Band on the Run.” Next, Bruce Springsteen and McCartney — the Boss and the Beatle — duet to Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and Lennon-McCartney’s debut song “I Wanna Be Your Man.”

McCartney paid tribute to Beatles bandmate George Harrison, who died in 2001, by performing “Something” written by Harrison. Thanks to technology, he sang with images of John Lennon, assassinated in 1980, on “I’ve Got a Feeling”.

“I think I probably just saw one of the most legendary performances of all time,” fan Jake Richardson said after the show.

Actor-comedian Steve Coogan, who was also in the crowd, described the experience as “pretty overwhelming”.

“I don’t think there is anyone else in the world who can give people such pure joy,” he told the BBC.

Glastonbury ends on Sunday with a title set by Kendrick Lamar.

Some 200,000 people attend the four-day festival at Worthy Farm in south-west England, which celebrates 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.

Guests also included environmental activist Greta Thunberg, who gave an impassioned speech on climate change, and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who addressed the festival via video on Friday.