Last night Sir Paul McCartney, 76, performed to a sold out crowd at the O2 Arena, London and formed an impromptu super group as he invited his former bandmate Ringo Starr and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood to join him on stage.
During the encore of the career spanning show, the three music legends played together ‘Get Back’. The trio flashed grins at one another and they really enjoyed their jamming session in front of 20,000 people.
Starr was spotted in the crowd earlier in the evening, with photos posted on Twitter that showed the legendary drummer surrounded by excited fans. Later it was confirmed that also Wood was attending the show along with The Who‘s Roger Daltrey.
McCartney’s fashion designer daughter Stella posted a picture on Instagram that showed her with Macca, Starr, Wood, and actor Emma Thompson. She captioned the photo with a proud “Kick ass tonight Dad.”
The concert was a marvellous example of Macca’s talent that despite the passing of time, namely over five decades of performances, still maintains the same fervour as when he was a fresh-faced lad fronting The Beatles
Yesterday, his tour closing performance at London’s O2 Arenaexceeded three hours with a set ranging from “new ones, old ones, and in between ones”. The set list covered songs from the Beatles, Wings and solo favourites.
At the beginning of his tour, Macca had promised a ‘celebration’ and that’s precisely what he delivered, since he opened with “A Hard Day’s Night”, followed by “All My Loving’ and “From Me to You”, “Blackbird”, “Maybe I’m Amazed” and “Hey Jude.”
The audience was absolutely blown away, with some saying it was ‘the greatest gig I’ve ever seen’.
His exquisite talent, his voice showing surprisingly little sign of wear, his casual dress – a bomber jacket and jeans – showed a down-to-earth legend that ‘refuses to bow to the march of time’, as he still managed to reach the falsettos he used to hit decades ago.
Macca also shared anecdotes about musical icons, telling tales about John Lennon, Eric Clapton and Jimi Hendrix among many others. For instance, he recalled how Hendrix performed Sgt Peppers’s title track at a live show just three days after it was released back in 1967.
Obviously, the biggest surprise of the show was seeing McCartney, Ringo Starr and Ronnie Wood onto the stage. An early Christmas gift for all. A moment that will never be forgotten.
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