Sir Paul McCartney is set to become the oldest solo act to headline Glastonbury, as he prepares to take to the Worthy Farm stage this week.
The former Beatle will hit the Pyramid stage at the festival, which has been cancelled for the last two years due to the coronavirus pandemic, this Saturday.
His headlining performance, his second one at the famous event following his 2004 performance, will come exactly a week after he celebrated his 80th birthday and after more than 60 years in the music industry.
Sir Paul will take the ‘oldest headliner’ crown from late Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who was 72 when he performed with the iconic band in 2013.
In May, the music legend said his Glasto performance will be rammed with hits from his time in the Beatles, as well as his band Wings, which he formed with his late wife Linda McCartney, and his most popular solo material.
The singer’s solo career has included some superstar collaborations with the likes of Stevie Wonder in 1982, Michael Jackson later that same year, and with Kanye West and Rihanna in 2015.
He joked during rehearsals that most of the audience ‘have paid good money, have brought their mums and dads’ and do not want to hear his ‘deep cuts’.
His performance is not only expected to attract a huge crowd, but he is said to be planning to do a virtual performance with late Beatles bandmate, John Lennon.
The singer has been duetting with Lennon on recent tour dates in the US.
‘He is tinkering around with the setlist but it looks like he will do a virtual duet with John Lennon,’ a source told the Daily Mail.
‘There is some footage of Lennon singing I’ve Got a Feeling, from Let It Be, which Paul puts up on the big screen, and then he turns around and sings to him.
‘John’s vocal has been isolated in the footage and it is stunning.’
While Sir Paul gets ready to break the record as the oldest performer, Glastonbury 2022 will also play host to its youngest ever solo headliner.
Twenty-year-old Billie Eilish will close the Worthy Farm event on Friday night.
Meanwhile, another Beatle with a presence at the famous festival will be Sir Ringo Starr.
While he won’t be performing, he’ll join a host of musicians as part of a Glastonbury WaterAid campaign to send postcards to the prime minister regarding action on climate change.
Sir Ringo designed a postcard showing him at a tap that has run dry.
Festivalgoers will be urged to send a postcard to Boris Johnson and another to themselves.
The former Beatle said: ‘We all share one world, and we need to come together to protect it, and each other, as we face the threat of climate change.’
As well as massive headliners, Glastonbury 2022 will see plenty of fun and nostalgia from other acts, with both Sugababes and McFly among the throwback noughties performances to have been confirmed.
The bill for the Somerset-based festival also includes the likes of Olivia Rodrigo, Lorde, Megan The Stallion, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, Wolf Alice, Years and Years, Charli XCX, Crowded House, Celeste, Arlo Parks, Doja Cat, and Haim.
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