WhatsNew2Day
Latest News And Breaking Headlines

Paul McCartney waves Ukraine’s flag during his historic Glastonbury set

Paul McCartney showed his support for Ukraine at his historic headline show at Glastonbury on Saturday, while the country is still in the throes of war with Russia.

The Beatles legend, 80, returned to the stage for an encore, waving the country’s flag, and received a huge cheer as he waved it over his head.

It comes after it was reported that Paul had the song Back In The USSR removed from his planned Glastonbury set and all future shows in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

In honor of: Paul McCartney, 80, showed his support for Ukraine as he waved the country's flag at his historic headline show at Glastonbury on Saturday

In honor of: Paul McCartney, 80, showed his support for Ukraine as he waved the country’s flag at his historic headline show at Glastonbury on Saturday

After a stunning performance of his song Hey Jude, Paul said goodbye to the audience and left the stage, but after calls for an encore, Paul returned to the stage with a flag in his hand.

As he waved the flag above his head, the hitmaker, who made a similar gesture during shows on his tour, received a huge cheer from the crowd.

It was reported last week that Paul had chosen to remove the Beatles song Back In The USSR from all future shows in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Sensational: The Beatles legend returned to the stage for an encore, waving the country's flag, and received a huge cheer as he waved it over his head

Sensational: The Beatles legend returned to the stage for an encore, waving the country’s flag, and received a huge cheer as he waved it over his head

Support: It comes after it was reported that Paul had the song Back In The USSR removed from his planned Glastonbury set and all future shows in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Support: It comes after it was reported that Paul had the song Back In The USSR removed from his planned Glastonbury set and all future shows in the wake of the Russian invasion of Ukraine

Devastating: Huge swaths of Ukraine devastated by Russian invasion, forcing millions to flee their homes (Kharkiv pictured June 25)

Devastating: Huge swaths of Ukraine devastated by Russian invasion, forcing millions to flee their homes (Kharkiv pictured June 25)

The Cold War-themed satirical song pokes fun at Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys’ odes to America, and is told from the perspective of a Russian spy returning from America.

A source told the mirror: ‘It would be perverse to sing a happy rock and roll song about Russia.

“Paul in his conscience couldn’t sing those lyrics when so many are brutally slaughtered at the hands of Russia.

“The song is such a huge crowd pleaser, but with the horrors unfolding in Ukraine, it was a simple decision for Paul to make.”

Stellar: Paul's Glastonbury set has been praised by fans after music legend became oldest solo star to headline festival

Stellar: Paul’s Glastonbury set has been praised by fans after music legend became oldest solo star to headline festival

Paul’s historic Glastonbury set has been acclaimed by fans while the music legend has been stunned by his massive medley of hits just a week after celebrating his 80th birthday.

Paul took the stage for his first performance at the festival in 18 years, performing hits ranging from his Beatles heyday to his time with the band Wings.

The pop icon received a thunderous reception from the thousands of people who watched the show, with many millions also watching the broadcast on BBC One.

It’s no surprise that Paul’s set received an overwhelmingly positive reception from viewers, with many taking to Twitter to share their reaction.

One wrote: ‘Anyone who criticizes Paul McCartney tonight can stop it, he’s 80 and is the most culturally significant guy this country has produced in a hundred years, he’s beyond all criticism, so fuck off.’

Stunning: Viewers took to Twitter to praise the show after tuning in to watch it on BBC One, as Paul stunned with his huge medley of hits

Stunning: Viewers took to Twitter to praise the show after tuning in to watch it on BBC One, as Paul stunned with his huge medley of hits

59525525 10953611 image a 5 1656207144855

Another added: ‘Why do people complain that Paul McCartney plays songs they don’t recognize. He has an old catalog going back over 60 years, he can’t please everyone. He too is 80 years old and crushing it, so f**k on!’

“I don’t think people understand how important it is for Paul McCartney to headline the Glastonbury Festival in 2022, at the age of 80,” added a third.

“That’s really iconic stuff. He is really in his class. Unbelievable,” added one delighted fan.

59525399 10953611 image a 2 1656207144847

59525391 10953611 image a 4 1656207144853

59525397 10953511 image a 64 1656201120903

“Paul McCartney has earned the right to play all the songs he wants, even though his voice may not be what it once was.

“Most 80-year-olds couldn’t even stand that long, let alone memorize all the words and play guitar and bass as well as anyone else,” praised one viewer.

“I want to be like Paul McCartney when I’m 80. What a legend,” another tweeted.

“Paul McCartney is just extraordinary – 80 years old, looks 60, captivates a crowd of 100,000+: great life, great man and a great artist. Very amazing. So impressive,” one viewer wrote.

59525393 10953611 image a 6 1656207144858

We loved it!  It's no surprise that Paul's set received an overwhelmingly positive reception from viewers, with many taking to Twitter to share their reaction

We loved it! It’s no surprise that Paul’s set received an overwhelmingly positive reception from viewers, with many taking to Twitter to share their reaction

Elsewhere on his set, Paul showed his allegiance to his friend Johnny Depp while performing his 2012 song My Valentine, projecting a clip of the actor from the song’s music video on the screen behind him.

He recently used the footage on his recent US Get Back tour, while the Pirates Of The Caribbean star was in the midst of his defamation lawsuit against his ex-wife Amber Heard, which he later won.

Also with Natalie Portman, the black and white video sees the Hollywood star play guitar and translate the song into sign language.

Paul didn’t directly address Depp’s $100 million lawsuit against Amber during the concert, but as soon as the images of the actor appeared on stage, the audience cheered.

The hitmaker Love Me Do also got audiences to cheer on his hometown of Liverpool, as well as his late bandmate John Lennon, to whom he dedicated Here Today.

The show is a poignant moment in Paul’s long career, as it also marked 55 years since The Beatles reached the largest audience in their history, performing in the world’s first global TV broadcast.

Amazingly, as Paul celebrated his 80th birthday last Saturday, his crowd of adoring fans sang Happy Birthday to him before breaking out his 1995 hit I Feel Like I'm Letting Go.

Amazingly, as Paul celebrated his 80th birthday last Saturday, his crowd of adoring fans sang Happy Birthday to him before breaking out his 1995 hit I Feel Like I’m Letting Go.

This website uses cookies to improve your experience. We'll assume you're ok with this, but you can opt-out if you wish. Accept Read More