McCartney, Young share festival stage
Paul McCartney and Neil Young shared the bill at the Desert Trip music festival Saturday, and they also shared the stage during McCartney’s set.
Young joined the former Beatle to perform “A Day in the Life,” which morphed into John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” The audience flashed peace signs as they sang along. Young played lead guitar to duet with McCartney on “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?”
“Thank you, Neil,” McCartney, 74, said when his friend left the stage. “I love that boy!”
McCartney’s headlining set was full of love. He paid tribute to his late wife and his current spouse during the performance, along with George Harrison, Jimi Hendrix and the Rolling Stones. He sang “Maybe I’m Amazed” for the late Linda McCartney, and dedicated “My Valentine” to his wife, Nancy, ahead of their fifth wedding anniversary Sunday.
Earlier Saturday, Young played a blistering set with his band, Promise of the Real.
Wearing his trademark black hat, the 70-year-old singer-songwriter began his set alone behind the piano, opening with “After the Gold Rush” and accompanying himself on harmonica.
He then strapped on an acoustic guitar to play “Heart of Gold” and “Comes a Time” before his band joined him onstage. Their nonstop set included “Harvest Moon,” “Powderfinger” and “Welfare Mothers,” which Young joked was “Donald Trump’s new campaign song.”
Paul McCartney, left, and Neil Young perform together at the Desert Trip music festival Saturday in California.