As he took to the Pyramid Stage on Saturday night, the former Beatle became the festival’s oldest solo headliner, a week after celebrating his 80th birthday.
To mark the momentous occasion, Sir Paul treated the masses in the crowd to a selection of his own songs as well as beloved tracks from the Beatles and his latest band Wings.
During his over two hour set he played a range of classic songs including Hey Jude, Blackbird, Live And Let Die, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Get Back.
The electrifying spectacle was further amplified when it featured Grohl on stage to sing I Saw Her Standing There and Band On The Run.
The Foo Fighters frontman revealed he flew in from the US specifically for the appearance, but admitted the trip was not without a few bumps as he had several canceled flights, but noted that he “wouldn’t would never fail to be on stage” alongside Sir Paul.
After Grohl, Sir Paul announced he had another surprise from the East Coast of America as Springsteen took the stage.
After the American rocker wished Sir Paul a happy 80th birthday, they played Glory Days and I Wanna Be Your Man.
Sir Paul also remembered his loved ones during the headline, including dedicating a piano version of My Valentine to his wife Nancy and Something to Beatles bandmate George Harrison.
Ahead of the song Here Today, he revealed he wrote it after John Lennon’s death, describing it as a “form of letter” he never got to write to his bandmate as he did. said when they were kids they “couldn’t express”. too much affection for each other” as they were “too busy trying to be tough and cool”.
At the end of the song, he added, “If you want to tell someone you love them, don’t wait, don’t delay.”
Elsewhere in the set, Sir Paul delivered an energetic guitar solo after performing Let Me Roll It.
After the performance, he explained that he added this section at the end as a tribute to the “late great Jimi Hendrix”.
He also shared a touching anecdote about Hendrix, recalling how he took his guitar out of tune while covering the Beatles song Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, leading him to ask guitar maestro Eric Clapton who was in the audience at help repair the instrument.
During the story, Sir Paul briefly stopped to allow festival staff to check on a situation in the crowd and resumed after being told everything had been sorted out.
After finishing his main set with Hey Jude, the crowd sang the famous lyrics to the singer until he returned for an encore.
When he returned to the stage, he was waving the Ukrainian flag while his band members displayed a Pride rainbow flag and the Union Jack.
As part of the encore, thanks to special technology that could isolate Lennon’s vocals from old recordings, Sir Paul was able to duet the Beatles’ track I’ve Got A Feeling alongside his former bandmate on the Pyramid stage. .
To end the historic set, he sang the Beatles song The End to a cheering crowd with Springsteen and Grohl also returning to provide guitar solos.
Although the majority of Glastonbury’s headline performances are shown live on BBC iPlayer, Sir Paul only appeared on the broadcaster’s channels an hour into his set.
The BBC has been contacted for comment.
Ahead of his historic set on the Pyramid Stage, Sir Paul delivered a surprise preview performance at an intimate venue in Frome, Somerset, where he performed some of his best-known tunes.
Earlier on Saturday, the Pyramid Stage also hosted a speech by Greta Thunberg where she called on society to shoulder its “historic responsibility to turn the tables” with the global climate crisis.
The 19-year-old environmental activist told the crowd that she believed there was still hope for the world to choose a path that was “sustainable” and “leading to a future for all”.
Ms Thunberg’s speech was followed by a set by pop rock band Haim, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds on the Pyramid Stage after them.
The Pyramid Stage also hosted musical stars Haim, AJ Tracey, Easy Life, Joy Crookes and Les Amazones d’Afrique on Saturday.
American pop star Olivia Rodrigo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion both performed on the other stage, while Mercury winner Celeste performed on the West Holts stage.
Billie Eilish gave an electrifying performance on the Pyramid Stage on Friday to end the first day of performances at Glastonbury.
Her appearance was a highlight for the festival as she became Glastonbury’s youngest solo headliner.
Sir Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury setlist in full
I have to bring you into my life
Despite all the dangers
Be for the benefit of Mr. Kite!
You never give me your money
She came in through the bathroom window
I Saw Her Up (with Dave Grohl)
Band on the Run (with Dave Grohl)
I want to be your man (with Bruce Springsteen)
I’ve Got a Feeling (virtual duet with John Lennon)
The End (with Dave Grohl) (also with Bruce Springsteen)