Bruce Springsteen joined Paul McCartney onstage last night (June 16) as he finished his US “Got Back” tour at New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium.
The Beatles legend and New Jersey’s favorite son performed Bruce Springsteen’s Born In The USA-era hit Glory Days, as well as Lennon and McCartney’s I Wanna Be Your Man, which was recorded by The Rolling Stones and released as a single by Mick Jagger’s band on November 1, 1963. The song was also covered by The Beatles on their second UK album, With The Beatles, released on November 22, 1963, with drummer Ringo Starr on vocals.
Springsteen’s appearance at the show was hailed by McCartney as a “birthday present to myself.”
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Later, Jon Bon Jovi appeared onstage with a handful of balloons and serenaded McCartney, who turns 80 on Saturday, with a brief “Happy Birthday.”
“Has anybody in the audience got a birthday?” McCartney questioned, opening the song “Birthday,” as he does on the tour. Bon Jovi stated as he emerged from the wings with the balloons.
At the end of the show-closing “Abbey Road medley, The Boss reappeared to play guitar, swapping solos with McCartney’s bandmates.
On a cloudy night in New Jersey, the Beatles legend was in fine voice throughout, with rain only intruding briefly during an usually spectacular performance of “Live and Let Die.” “I’m gonna take a moment for myself just to drink it all in,” he said to the enormous crowd early in the event.
Recognizing a lot of crowd placards wishing him a happy early 80th birthday and a loud audience chant, he remarked, “Yeah, you’re right. I’ve got a birthday coming up. I’m not trying to ignore it, but …”
McCartney later tweeted a picture of the collaboration with the words “Glory Days with Bruce Springsteen.”
— Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) June 17, 2022
Paul McCartney will headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, June 25.
Bruce Springsteen just announced a 2023 European tour, which would include three nights at Dublin’s 18,500-capacity RDS Arena on May 5, 7, and 9 of that year. No UK dates have yet been revealed, however Springsteen will be in Europe with gaps in his schedule when Glastonbury takes place in late June, as usual.