Photo of the Moment: Paul McCartney and Neil Young - London, June 27, 2009
Hyde Park, London, UK - June 27, 2009
Photo by Lzbth Corinthians (via Bernie B. Shakey)
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The Photo of the Moment is Paul McCartney and Neil Young at Hyde Park, London, UK - June 27, 2009 by Lzbth Corinthians (via Bernie B. Shakey). Here's Bernie B. Shakey's take:
This photo, shot by my friend Lzbth Corinthians from the side of the stage during the song Day In The Life, captured one of the truly epic moments in the live concert career of Neil Young.Thanks Lzbth & Bernie!
Day in the Life is one of the Beatles most famous songs, and Neil & His Electric Band covered it regularly throughout tours in 2008 & 2009. The band truly did the song justice, always a show-stopping moment.....
......and then all hell broke loose in Hyde Park when one of the giant legends of Rock, Paul McCartney, the former Beatle, decided to (randomly??) saunter on stage and join Neil & Co. The video is posted here, and you can see Paul run on-stage at 2:45: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6SSR3YY-rc (I *think* Lzbth's great shot was snapped right around the 3-min, 24-sec mark in the video - btw, why do i care?! doh!).
I've always wondered if Paul just randomly joined Neil onstage or if this was a planned moment. Regardless, it's simply outrageous! A Beatle on his home turf, London, treating the fans to a masterpiece. Neil, meanwhile, is an absolute madman throughout, howling to the Rock Gods, completely lost in the moment of.......music.
So ridiculously perfect words don't do it justice. On that note, I'll stop talking.
More on commentary on the day Paul walked onstage and surprised Neil at Hyde Park, London, UK - June 27, 2009. Here's a comment by insidetherain who said...
I was there!! This was such an incredible night...Also, see more Paul McCartney and Neil Young over the years.
Neil really enjoyed the crowd, the crowd adored him, singing along to clearly the most mainstream songs for this festival crowd but Neil knew it ("here's another one for ya" - he said before playing Old Man, after Heart of Gold). The crowd were all NY maniacs. From my POV, seeing this was so wonderful, as being a young NY fan I rarely bump into other young fans but there were a whole variety of people loving Neil tonight.
And the Paul McCartney guest spot... Neil did a phenomenal version of "Rockin' in the Free World" that carried on and on and made the crowd go absolutely insane, then closed the show. Then they all returned for the encore, but Neil walked off to the other side of the stage, hidden in the right hanger, but we could see he was talking to someone and I had the feeling it was Paul - looked like his head shape (strange wording there) and the way he was flailing his arms around. Then "A Day in the Life" began... and I think it was into the second verse, that Paul came on stage and I swear, this whole rush ran across the audience, and every second was golden! Neil and Paul were goofing around on stage too, Paul gave Neil a great hug, they baby-ed around on the xylophone, Neil thrashed on Old Black with some assistance from Paul... but Paul always pointing to Neil, to message somehow that "this is the legend, this is the true legend."
Crazy, crazy moment. Never forget! I recorded the whole thing so hopefully will upload it soon!