Fan dragged out of crowd by security during Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury set
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Sir Paul McCartney momentarily halted his historic headlining gig at Glastonbury to check on an audience member following a crowd safety incident.
On a night when Paul made history by becoming the oldest solo performer to command a headline slot at 80, the legendary musician paused his tribute to Jimi Hendrix to make sure a festival-goer was OK.
But he had to cut short a tribute to Jimi Hendrix after witnessing security removing a member of the audience in front of him.
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Paul's eye was drawn to a number of festival-goers pointing in the middle of the crowd, saying: "What's going on there? Something is happening in the middle of the crowd. Let's attend to it", before pointing in the direction of the incident.
"It's good, we are sorting it", he added, before continuing his tribute to Hendrix, jokingly adding: "It wasn't that solo I was playing, was it?"
It is not yet known whether this was related to a crowd member's ill health or a security issue.
Speaking about Hendrix again afterwards he said: "“One of the greatest tributes he ever paid us was when we released Sgt Pepper as a tribute to him and he opened his show with it, he played it really well as a solo … he was really working it, giving it a lot of welly.”
Paul received a huge round of applause from the crowd when he first took to the Pyramid Stage, telling them: "Oh man, it’s so good to be here. We were supposed to be doing this three years ago."
"So here we are. We've got some old songs, we've got some new songs and we've got some inbetweeners.
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"I've got a feeling we're going to have a great time tonight!"
The music legend ldedicated his piano-led rendition of My Valentine to third and current wife Nancy Shevell, who was in the audience watching him play.
He said: “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,”
Towards the end of the set, Sir Paul brought on rock icons Bruce Springsteen and Dave Grohl to join him in performing two classic Beatles songs.
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