Glastonbury 2004 Headliners: Paul McCartney
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Unquestionably one of the most influential performers of all time, Macca proves he still has a lot to teach those pesky Gallagher Brothers!
Its weird that we end the day as we started, at 22.20. Paul McCartney (10.20pm, Pyramid Stage) pulls out the mother of all cover sets: White Stripes versus The Beatles? Of course not. Thats not to say that while what follows is undoubtedly historic, theres still a few very awkward your dad with a guitar and a bottle whiskey moments. Take opener, Jet, for instance a long rambling, very dated piece thats inspired a quite tired band of the same name, or much of his between-song rambling about rocking you all where the leylines converge and Glastonburgers.
But for all the cheese, theres many more spine-tingling, truly monumental moments. The solo Here Today, dedicated to John Lennon, the cover of George Harrisons All Things Must Pass and the intensely moving Hey Jude is the tip of a clutch of Beatles classics. The firework display that accompanies Live and Let Die is wonderful, and for many, the reality of singing along with a real-life Beatle is life-changing.
Still, there remains something a little distant about McCartney. The set-list, despite the obvious classics is less consistent than his recent world tours and many would perhaps have preferred a few more (of John Lennons) Beatles songs as a more fitting outpouring of lurve man. Finishing with the career spanning quartet of I Saw Her Standing There, Let It Be, Helter Skelter and Sgt Peppers is a touch of genius that obviously comes so easily to Macca.
What did you do at sixty-two? Oh, I headlined Glastonburgers.
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