Sir Paul McCartney pays tribute to the Rolling Stones in an intimate Glasto warm-up


Sir Paul McCartney began his intimate Glastonbury Festival warm-up in Frome with a tribute to Beatles rivals Rolling Stones, set to headline Hyde Park as Macca take to the Pyramid stage

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Paul McCartney shows up for secret concert in Frome ahead of Glastonbury filming

Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to the Rolling Stones in his warm-up set – as his rock rivals are due to play 125 miles away in Hyde Park.

The two legendary artists are putting on massive shows on the same night tonight.

And Sir Paul kicked off his Friday night Frome gig at the Cheese and Grain by acknowledging the historic occasion by playing I Wanna Be Your Man, which he and John Lennon wrote for the Stones in 1963.

It was to be the Stones’ first Top 20 hit, although Lennon later said the duo knocked the song out within minutes, admitting, “Well, we weren’t going to give them anything great, isn’t it? right?”

Macca could perform the song again tonight in its title on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury.

Sir Paul McCartney paid tribute to the Rolling Stones


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Mick Jagger (left) of ‘The Rolling Stones’ and Paul McCartney of ‘The Beatles’, with Marianne Faithful in the background, are escorted through Euston Station in 1967


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And there’s a chance the Stones could repeat the favor – also playing the song when they take the stage at London’s BST Hyde Park.

They performed it at Liverpool‘s huge Anfield stadium show this month. At the time, Mick said the band “decided…to do a cover written by other local guys”. It was the band’s first time performing the song in a decade.

A source close to Macca said: “It seems right that Sir Paul acknowledges the incredible fact that the two are playing on the same weekend. The fact that both artists are still at the top of their game after all these years is just another thing. They are both the best of the best.

Paul McCartney on stage in Frome au Cheese & Grain



Three weeks after the release of the Stones I Wanna Be Your Man, the track then appeared on the Meet the Beatles album.

The Mirror was the first to reveal that Macca and the Stones were due to perform on the same night.

Sir Elton John, Adele, the Eagles, Duran Duran and Pearl Jam have all signed up to headline the various nights of the BST Hyde Park shows, which will run until July 10.

The Beatles and the Stones have enjoyed a healthy rivalry over the past 60 years.

Last year, Macca raised eyebrows by calling the Stones “a blues cover band.” Jagger fired back during a gig, saying, “Paul McCartney’s here, he’s gonna join us in a blues cover later.”

The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards will headline BST Hyde Park


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That aside, the band members have continued to collaborate over the years. Lennon and McCartney sang on the Stones’ song We Love You in 1967, and Jagger and Richards both appeared on the live satellite broadcast of All You Need Is Love that same year.

The Beatles released their first single Love Me Do in October 1962, while the Rolling Stones released theirs, Come On, in June 1963.

In a 2015 interview with Esquire magazine, Richards called Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’s album a “mix of rubbish” and argued that there were “not many roots” in the Beatles’ music. .

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