The Glastonbury gig
Saturday June 25, Paul McCartney was headlining the Glastonbury Festival from the Pyramid stage. The previous concerts went out live on BBC HD, but Paul’s concert was broadcast with a one hour delay between performance and TV screening. We don’t know why, but speculations are that perhaps some editing was performed to improve upon Paul’s vocals. The entire show was televised with one exception, the song “In Spite of All The Danger”. The song was also cut from the radio broadcast, which itself was cut short and didn’t include the encores.
But all is well again after the show has been made available via the BBC iPlayer (sound and vision, only accessible from within Great Britain) and BBC Sounds (sound). The sound of the concert can be enjoyed globally, you just have to register at BBC Sounds first. It will be available for one month only. The good news is that “In Spite of All The Danger” is back in the set, and we do believe the sound has been improved as well, as Paul’s vocals were a little low in the first hour of the broadcast.
The concert, which was guested by Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen, has been almost universally praised by the media.
Here’s the set list, as posted by Mary McCartney, who covered the concert on SoMe for dad.
Between “Junior’s Farm” and “Letting Go”, the audience surprised Paul by singing “Happy Birthday” for him. Note that the word “College” is used to describe the segment of “You Never Give Me Your Money” that was performed, Paul started it with the lines, “Out of college, money spent”. “Golden Slumbers” also incorporated “Carry That Weight” and “The End”. Paul gave a shout out to Quarry Men drummer Colin Hanton when introducing “In Spite of All The Danger”, which the drummer played on at the Liverpool recording. And the city of Liverpool itself was also called out and got audience applause. During “Fuh You”, the music video was shown in the background, with images from the place where John and Paul really met for the first time.
Dave Grohl participated in “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Band On The Run”, Springsteen performed his own “Glory Days” and The Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man”, and they both traded licks at the guitar duel at The End.