Paul McCartney and Neil Young Perform “A Day in the Life” 

With six of the greatest names in rock world performing over the course of a weekend, Desert Trip had the potential for some serious fireworks. Last night (Oct. 8), Neil Young sat in during Paul McCartney’s set for the Beatles classic “A Day in the Life.” The video is embedded above.

The couple had played the song some time recently, on June 27, 2009 amid Young’s show in Hyde Park that finished with Young reigning chaos on the stage. This finished up with them swearing off the last verse for John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.” After that, Young stayed focused McCartney’s live introduction of “Why Don’t We Do It in the Road” (inserted beneath) with Young taking a guitar solo.

McCartney made a few changes to the setlist, giving tour premieres to “I’ve Just Seen a Face,” “Day Tripper” and “I Wanna Be Your Man,” which may have been a nod to the Rolling Stones performing “Come Together” on Friday night. “Helter Skelter” and “Jet,” which have long been a staple of his shows on previous tours but not as frequently this time around, were brought back.

Young’s opening space saw him upheld by Promise of the Real, the band drove by Willie Nelson’s child Lukas that played on 2015’s The Monsanto Years. Notwithstanding norms like “After the Gold Rush” and “Down by the River,” Young performed four new tunes that he’s debuted in the previous 10 days, “Neighborhood,” “Peace Trail,” “Demonstrate Me” and “Texas Rangers.”


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