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Paul McCartney And Neil Young Joined Forces To Perform Beatles Classics Live

The first weekend of Desert Trip, the golden oldies version of Coachella, has just wrapped up in the US and it brought with it one very special collaboration.

Paul McCartney and Neil Young were the two artists billed on the second day of the festival (each day only had two artists) and they jumped up on stage together for three songs.

During McCartney’s massive, career-spanning set, Young joined him on stage for two Beatles classics and a John Lennon song. They performed A Day In The Life, which Young has performed many times before, and also The Beatles’ Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? for the first time live together.

Lennon’s Give Peace a Chance also received the Young and McCartney treatment.

By all reports, Young coming up on stage was one of the sets highlights but it’s pretty hard not to be impressed by McCartney’s entire setlist. He packed in stacks of Beatles songs as well as his own solo material and even found room for FourFiveSeconds, his 2015 collab with Rihanna and Kanye West.

The Californian festival will also happen next weekend bringing Young and McCartney as well as The Who, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and Roger Waters back to the desert.

Young will be in Australia earlier next year for a headline set at Bluesfest as well as his own headline tour.

Check out McCartney and Young’s performances as well as the setlist below.

Watch: Paul McCartney and Neil Young – ‘A Day In The Life’ (Live At Desert Trip)

Watch: Paul McCartney and Neil Young – ‘Why Don’t We Do It In The Road’ (Live At Desert Trip)

Setlist (via CoS):

A Hard Day’s Night


Can’t Buy Me Love

Letting Go

Day Tripper

Let Me Roll It / Foxy Lady (Jimi Hendrix cover)

I’ve Got a Feeling

My Valentine

Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five

Maybe I’m Amazed

We Can Work It Out

In Spite of All the Danger

I’ve Just Seen a Face

Love Me Do

And I Love Her


Here Today

Queenie Eye

Lady Madonna


Eleanor Rigby

Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!

A Day in the Life (with Neil Young)

Give Peace a Chance (Plastic Ono Band cover) (with Neil Young)

Why Don’t We Do It in the Road? (with Neil Young)


Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da

Band on the Run

Back in the U.S.S.R.

Let It Be

Live and Let Die

Hey Jude


I Wanna Be Your Man

Helter Skelter

Golden Slumbers

Carry That Weight

The End

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