Desert Trip is well underway out in the Palm Springs desert of Southern California. A day after Mick Jagger and co. covered The Beatles’ Abbey Road classic “Come Together,” Paul McCartney brought fellow flower child Neil Young on stage to sing John Lennon’s half of their equally iconic two-part song, “A Day in the Life.” With Neil having already powered through his own two-hour performance earlier in the evening, why not have a little extra fun with the audience when Sir Paul shoots you a late night text, right?
With Young wearing an Easy Rider-era fringed jacket and a his signature hat to McCartney’s traditional formal attire, the two embraced with a big hug before Young perfectly slipped into Lennon’s shoes for a few memorable moments, as he and Paul jammed away on the early psychedelic classic. That wasn’t the only tune that Young helped lend his voice for however. The two also covered the Plastic Ono Band’s “Give Peace a Chance” and “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road?” which was the first time McCartney had ever performed the latter song live.
One day before what would have been John’s seventy-sixth birthday, McCartney tore through an astounding thirty-seven songs before he took his final bow. His Saturday night performance saw him dusting off the old playbook and giving fans some deep cuts like The Quarrymen’s “In Spite of All the Danger” and playing “I Wanna Be Your Man” live for the first time since 1993.
The first weekend of Desert Trip closes out tonight with Roger Waters and The Who taking the stage for what should be an equally awesome night for classic rock fans.