Sir Paul McCartney performed a duet with the late John Lennon, using footage from Peter Jackson’s acclaimed Beatles documentary, as he returned to the stage for the first time in more than two years.
The 79-year-old musician kicked off his Got Back tour in Spokane, Washington, on Thursday night by performing for almost three hours and treating fans to classics like Get Back, Hey Jude and Live And Let Die.
He also performed other Beatles songs for the first time in more than 10 years, including Getting Better, You Never Give Me Your Money and She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.
He duetted with Lennon on I’ve Got A Feeling, using Jackson’s restored footage as shown on a big screen.
He told the crowd, “Peter Jackson said, ‘I can pull out John’s voice if you want’.”
Jackson’s three-part documentary series, entitled “Get Back,” consists of nearly 60 hours of unseen footage shot in January 1969 and more than 150 hours of unheard audio, most of which has been locked in a vault for more than half a century.
It follows Sir Paul, Lennon, George Harrison and Sir Ringo Starr and their creative process as they write and rehearse 14 new songs in preparation for their first live show in over two years.
The film also shows the Beatles’ last live performance as a group, the Rooftop Concert on London’s Savile Row. The Beatles split up in 1970.
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Sir Paul ended his show in Spokane by taking the stage with a Ukrainian flag, drawing cheers from the sold-out crowd.
His tour moves to Seattle, Washington on May 2nd before heading up the Glastonbury Festival in June.
https://www.independent.ie/entertainment/music/sir-paul-mccartney-uses-documentary-footage-for-john-lennon-duet-in-stage-return-41600250.html Sir Paul McCartney uses documentary footage for John Lennon’s return-on-stage duet