Paul McCartney has done the seemingly impossible, duetting with fellow Beatle John Lennon during an epic near-three-hour headline performance at the Glastonbury Festival over the weekend. After completing a setlist filled to the brim with stone-cold classics, McCartney opened his encore with “I’ve Got a Feeling,” during which his former bandmate, who was tragically murdered in 1980, was able to chip in for the song’s iconic call and response outro thanks to the wonders of modern technology.
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Using footage from Peter Jackson’s recent The Beatles: Get Back series along with isolated audio of Lennon’s vocals, the performance, which can be viewed in the video above, saw the musical titans collaborate one last time. In a wonderfully poetic moment, a roar erupted from the Glasto crowd as Lennon appeared on the screen behind McCartney and that unmistakable voice could be heard singing the song’s famous lines, “Everybody had a hard year, everybody had a good time…” It’s probably fair to say that those words have never held more meaning than they do in our post-pandemic world.
Speaking to the crowd, McCartney explained how Lennon’s appearance at the show came about. “One day, Peter Jackson rings me up and says he can take John’s vocals and isolate them so that you can play live with him on tour,” he said. “That’s so special for me, man. I know it’s virtual but come on, it’s John. We’re back together.”
It was the cherry on top for Macca’s star-studded show, which saw him joined on stage at various points throughout his 38-song set by both Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen. Performing songs from across his career, but leaning heavily on his Beatles and Wings catalogue for obvious reasons, the 80-year-old’s voice may not be quite as strong as it once was, but the crowd singing along to every word helped mask any vocal stumbles.