Paul McCartney is set to break a Pyramid Stage record when he headlines the world-famous stage at Glastonbury Festival 2022. June 25.
Mr McCartney will take to the Pyramid Stage exactly a week after his 80th birthday to wow the crowd with a two-hour, 15-minute marathon which will be broadcast live on the BBC. He will take the crown of “oldest headliner” from Rolling Stones drummer Charlie Watts, who was 72 when he performed with his band in 2013.
Sir Paul will be joined by two related children as Pyramid Stage headliners in Billie Eilish (20) and Kendrick Lamar (34). However, he won’t feel too out of place, as Diana Ross (78) will also take the stage the day after her headlining set.
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The oldest singer to headline the Pyramid Stage after McCartney is The Who lead singer Roger Daltry, who was 71 when he rocked the Pyramid Stage in 2015. Three other Rolling Stones members (66 , 69, 69), Neil Young (63), Robert Smith of The Cure (60) and Stevie Wonder (60).
But McCartney will be the oldest of them all when he headlines Glastonbury on the Saturday night of the 2022 festival. You can take a look at the list of the oldest musicians to headline the Pyramid Stage below (Paul McCartney also ranks 10th in the list for his 2004 title).
2022: Paul McCartney – 80
2013: Rolling Stones, Charlie Watts 72
2015: The Who, Roger Daltry – 71
2015: The Who, Pete Townshend – 70
2013: Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards – 69
2013: Rolling Stones, Ronnie Wood- 66
2019: The Cure, Reeves Gabrels – 63
2009: Neil Young- 63
2019: The Cure, Roger O’Donnell – 63
2004: Paul McCartney – 62
2019: The Cure, Robert Smith, 60
2010: Stevie Wonder- 60
2019: The Cure, Simon Gallup – 59
2009: Bruce Springsteen – 59
2002: Rod Stewart- 57
2000: David Bowie- 53
2019: The Cure, Jason Cooper – 52
2011: U2, Bono – 51
2011: U2, Adam Clayton – 51
2014: Metallica, Kirk Hammett – 51
2014: Metallica, Lars Ulrich- 50
2014: Metallica, James Hetfield – 50
Sir Paul McCartney recently spoke of a recurring dream of his concert audience abandoning him for the bar. He said in the dream he sees his fans leaving the audience as he plays one of his less famous songs, ITV reports.
He also spoke about the challenge of choosing his set lists from over 60 years of music ahead of his Got Back Tour, which kicked off in April in the United States. Speaking during rehearsals, he said he wanted to include the track Women and wivesfrom his 2020 album McCartney III, but worried fans might turn off.
He said: “There’s always the eternal dilemma of what you take out, knowing that audiences really want to hear the hits, so you have to balance that very carefully. You take something out that they know very well and put something in. something they don’t necessarily know, and I’m always afraid that this is the signal for them to go have a beer.
“It’s actually a recurring dream of mine: I’m playing and people start walking out, and I’m trying to think of a song that will keep them coming back – ‘Do Long Tall Sally, fast!’ – but they keep walking. – ‘Let’s do yesterday!’ – it’s the typical artist insecurity I’d like to do a whole show of new songs but it’s for the anoraks in the crowd, it’s for the deep fans.
The singer added, “I think they mostly want Beatles stuff, Wings stuff and maybe some of the new stuff. I force some of the new stuff on them.
“I know which ones people like because you can see everything turn on, all the phones record. When you say you want to make a new one, it’s like a black hole.”