He came, he saw, he conquered. Sir Paul McCartney played Lollapalooza this last weekend and showed the impressive list of bands on the bill exactly how it’s done.
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With a killer set of over two hours and 30 songs, the veteran switched from bass to piano with ease. Playing tracks from the Beatles and Wings, he even managed to perform his latest hit “Four Five Seconds.
McCartney breezed through the set only pausing only to tell the occasional story including one of his time playing in the old Soviet Russia, and also to dedicate his performance of “Here Today” to former band mate John Lennon.
During the set Sir Paul brought out Alabama Shakes’ singer Brittany Howard to help out with the classic Beatles track “Get Back”.
“Live and Let Die,” was a set highlight, the sky was alight with fireworks as flames lit up the stage. Fireworks also closed out the show as McCartney finished his set to the beautiful backdrop of the night sky at 10 p.m. CT.
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Jane’s Addiction front-man and Lollapalooza founder, Perry Farrell said, ‘the idea for him to perform came from McCartney himself’, “you don’t get Paul McCartney to do anything he doesn’t want to do. This was his wish.”
Lollapalooza’s inclusion of McCartney shows just how diverse the festival has become over the last few years. Farrell said, “We were able to accomplish something that is extremely rare, and that is we were able to span the generations, and bring everyone else together collectively. Where else do you do that?”
Hundreds of thousands of fans packed the sold out event over the weekend at Chicago’s Grant Park. Other headliners over the weekend included the bands, Metallica and Florence and the Machine.