BBC accused of 'butchering' Paul McCartney show at Glastonbury
BBC accused of ‘butchering’ historic Paul McCartney show at Glastonbury: Fans blast broadcaster for LATE airing of performance and ‘RUINING’ iconic Live and Let Die song
- The BBC has scrambled to defend its decision not to broadcast Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury set live
- Music fans blasted the broadcaster after they were forced to stay up at ‘silly o’clock’ to watch show
- The corporation said it chose not to broadcast Sir Paul’s set live ‘due to complexity of the event’
- Sir Paul, 80, last night made history as the oldest ever headline performer at Glastonbury
The BBC has scrambled to defend its decision not to broadcast Paul McCartney’s headline show at Glastonbury live after music fans accused the corporation of ‘butchering’ the set.
McCartney, 80, made history as the festival’s oldest ever headline act as he duetted with John Lennon, performed with rock legends Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl, paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix, and flew the flag of Ukraine in protest at Putin’s invasion.
But the BBC didn’t broadcast Sir Paul’s Pyramid Stage show until an hour into his set, despite most of the Glastonbury headline performances being shown live on BBC iPlayer.
Amid overnight fury among Beatles fans, the corporation said this morning it chose not to broadcast the set live due to the ‘complexity’ of the event.
In a statement, it said: ‘This year we are delighted to bring audiences our most extensive coverage of Glastonbury to date. Paul McCartney’s much anticipated set was broadcast on BBC One at 10.30pm as well as on Radio 2 and will be available on BBC iPlayer and BBC Sounds.
‘Due to the complexity of broadcasting an event of this scale and the volume of performances we cover, there is sometimes variation between performances taking place and their transmission.’
Taking to Twitter, one Macca fan wrote: ‘I still don’t understand why the BBC didn’t broadcast this live, now we have to stay up til silly o clock and get the surprise guests spoiled for us by twitter. #glastonbury’.
Another vented: ‘BBC why were you very naughty tonight not showing Sir Paul McCartney live at Glastonbury FULLY live. Some of us up at 12.30 am – 1am hearing some of the best music played by Paul could have been in bed an hour earlier. Wonderful concert Sir Paul, thank you!’
A third tweeted: ‘How on earth did the BBC manage to screw up the ‘live’ scheduling so badly last night? Viewers stayed up excitedly to start watching Macca performing ‘live’ at the advertised time of 10.30pm, when the concert had already begun at 9.30pm! #Glastonbury’.
Sir Paul McCartney performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury festival last night
McCartney flies the flag of Ukraine on The Pyramid Stage during day four of Glastonbury Festival at Worthy Farm
Sir Paul holds an acoustic guitar in the air during his explosive history-making set at Glastonbury last night
Taking to Twitter, one Macca fan wrote: ‘I still don’t understand why the BBC didn’t broadcast this live, now we have to stay up til silly o clock and get the surprise guests spoiled for us by twitter. #glastonbury’. Another vented: ‘BBC why were you very naughty tonight not showing Sir Paul McCartney live at Glastonbury FULLY live. Some of us up at 12.30 am – 1am hearing some of the best music played by Paul could have been in bed an hour earlier. Wonderful concert Sir Paul, thank you!’
McCartney performing on the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury as he became the festival’s oldest ever headline act
An enormous crowd gathers in front of the Pyramid Stage to watch Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury set last night
Sir Paul McCartney halted his Glastonbury headlining set to check on an unwell member of the crowd who he was concerned about.
The music star made history as the oldest ever solo star to headline the Glastonbury Festival on Saturday, gracing the coveted Pyramid Stage in Worthy Farm.
The music legend, who last week celebrated his 80th birthday, took to the stage for a crowd of thousands with a medley of his biggest hits, his first performance at the festival since 2004.
But Paul paused his tribute to Jimi Hendrix during his set to make sure that a festival goer was okay.
A source told The Mirror: ‘The crowd were going wild for Paul as soon as he stepped on stage. He was in the middle of his tribute to Jimmy Hendricks when he stopped to check on someone in the crowd.’
Another complained: ‘Think this is the worst of Glastonbury I’ve ever seen on tv. Should pretty much all be live with the amount of bbc channels. Joke’.
One Macca fan wrote: ‘The BBC are notoriously bad at live mixing Glastonbury for TV. Infuriates the engineers delivering the FOH mix.’ And one music lover added: ‘BBC have covered Glastonbury absolutely awful this year it used to be live now its all recorded.’
As he took to the Pyramid Stage, the former Beatle became the festival’s oldest solo headliner, a week after he celebrated 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 by The Beatles and from his later group Wings.
During his more than two hour set, he played a range of classics songs including Hey Jude, Blackbird, Live And Let Die, Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da and Get Back.
The electrifying show was further amplified as he introduced Grohl to the stage to sing I Saw Her Standing There and Band On The Run.
Following Grohl, Sir Paul announced he had another surprise all the way from the east coast of America as Springsteen took to the stage to play Glory Days and I Wanna Be Your Man with him.
Sir Paul also remembered his nearest and dearest during the headline set including dedicating a piano-led version of My Valentine to his wife Nancy, Something to his Beatles’ bandmate George Harrison and Here Today to John Lennon.
As part of the encore, through special technology which 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.
The singer also paid tribute to the late Jimi Hendrix, calling him a ‘lovely’ and ‘humble man’ as he recounted an anecdote about him.
He later dedicated his piano-led version of My Valentine to his wife Nancy, who was watching his Glastonbury set in the audience.
‘The next song I’ll do is one I wrote for my wife Nancy, she’s in the audience tonight with us, this one’s for you Nanc,’ he said.
Also among the selection of songs was The Beatles’ Fixing A Hole and Let Me Roll It, a song he released with his band Wings.
Following this, he switched his guitar for the piano to play his track Let ‘Em In.
As the sun set over Worthy Farm in Somerset, the crowd swayed in time with the tunes.
At one stage, Sir Paul briefly paused talking to the audience to check on the crowd. He said: ‘What’s going on there? Something happening over there in the middle of the crowd. Let’s attend to it.’ After the situation had been assessed, he added ‘Okay it’s good, we’re sorting it’, before continuing his show.
The music legend, who last week celebrated his 80th birthday, took to the stage for a crowd of thousands with a medley of his biggest hits, his first performance at the festival since 2004
Bruce Springsteen joins McCartney on the Pyramid Stage for the rock legend’s Glastonbury set
Dave Grohl performed a string of chart-topping hits including Band On The Run with Sir Paul last night
A sea of McCartney fans watched the former Beatle bellow a string of hits from across the decades
Fireworks light up the sky above the Pyramid Stage at Glastonbury during McCartney’s set last night
Ahead of his history-making set on the Pyramid Stage, Sir Paul delivered a surprise preview performance at an intimate venue in Frome, Somerset, where he played some of his best-known solo material.
Earlier on Saturday, Greta Thunberg has called on society to take on its ‘historic responsibility to set things right’ with the global climate crisis during her speech at Glastonbury.
Speaking from the Pyramid Stage, the 19-year-old environment activist told the crowd she feels there is still hope for the world to choose a path which is ‘sustainable’ and ‘leads to a future for everyone’.
Ms Thunberg’s speech was followed by a set by pop rock band Haim, with Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds taking to the Pyramid Stage after them.
The Pyramid Stage hosted an array of talent throughout Saturday including Haim, AJ Tracey, Easy Life, Joy Crookes and Les Amazones d’Afrique.
There was also performances from musical stars across the festival’s multiple stages, with US pop star Olivia Rodrigo and rapper Megan Thee Stallion both playing on the Other Stage.
While Mercury-winner Celeste played the West Holts Stage, with The Hoosiers headlining the Avalon Stage and Jessie Ware closing The Park Stage.
Eilish gave an electrifying headline performance on the Pyramid Stage on Friday to end the first day of performances at Glastonbury.
Her appearance was a landmark moment for the festival as she became Glastonbury’s youngest ever solo headliner.
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