Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen Join Paul McCartney On Stage

by Anastasia Deripaska

Glastonbury Festival headliner Paul McCartney had a few surprise guest stars during his set.

While performing at Glastonbury, the former Beatle was joined by Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl, the latter performing for the first time since his bandmate Taylor Hawkins’ death.

Both artists played with McCartney for a few songs each before all three played the Beatles’ classic “The End” to round out the night.

Fans were already blown out of the water by McCartney’s incredible, record-breaking headliner set, and the two guest superstars elevated the night’s performance from memorable to legendary.

McCartney Breaks Glastonbury Record

As the headline act for Glastonbury 2022, Paul McCartney was making history even before he played the first note of his set.

At 80 years old as of this month, McCartney is officially the oldest headliner ever in Glastonbury’s 52 year history.

McCartney took to Glastonbury’s Pyramid stage for a 3 hour long, 38 song performance which drew over 100,000 music lovers in the audience and more than 4 million watching from home.

The Glastonbury performance comes just after the end of Paul McCartney’s tour Got Back which he ran this spring. The tour was McCartney’s first after the European segment of his previous Freshen Up tour was canceled as the COVID-19 pandemic began.

Despite both being cornerstones of the British music scene, McCartney’s former band The Beatles never played at Glastonbury, though McCartney himself has headlined in recent years.

Fans gave rave reviews to McCarney’s set, calling it “the sort of thing you tell your grandkids about”. However, there were more surprises waiting in store for the audience.

Grohl and Springsteen’s Guest Appearance

Near the end of his set, McCartney invited on Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. This marks the first time Grohl has performed publicly since the death of famed drummer, Foo Fighters bandmate, and long-time friend Taylor Hawkins on March 25th this year.

While on tour in Colombia with the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins died of uncertain causes. Several tribute concerts were recently announced in his memory.

As detailed in his memoir “The Storyteller”, Dave Grohl—himself the former Nirvana drummer—has been involved with many of this century’s biggest musicians, and fans were ecstatic to see him on-stage at Glastonbury.

McCartney and Grohl launched into “I Saw Her Standing There” by the Beatles, and then covered the Wings’ song “Band on the Run”.

Following Grohl’s performance, another surprise hit the stage. Bruce Springsteen entered, joining McCartney again after the two had played together at Metlife Stadium earlier this month.

Springsteen then played his classic song “Glory Days” and the Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man” alongside McCartney, taking the time to wish Paul a happy belated birthday.

As a grand finale, McCartney, Grohl, and Springsteen all joined forces for a rendition of the Beatles’ song “The End”, closing out the evening with a bang.

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