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Glastonbury: Piers Morgan defends Paul McCartney after Pyramid Stage’s set was criticized for having ‘not enough Beatles hits’

Piers Morgan has taken it upon himself to defend music icon Paul McCartney after the latter made headlines at Glastonbury 2022.

McCartney’s Saturday night set was hailed by many as one of the best the festival had ever hosted. Mark Beaumont described it in The Independent‘s review as “by far the best thing this author has seen Glastonbury on the pyramid stage in 30 years”.

Nonetheless, some social media users criticized the set for not including enough Beatles hits in the setlist – prompting the former Good morning Britain to weigh the host.

“Twitter moans Macca ‘didn’t make enough Beatles hits,'” Morgan wrote.

“He performed Can’t Buy Me Love, Love Me Do, I Saw Her Standing There, Lady Madonna, Blackbird, Get Back, Something, Let It Be, and ‘Hey Jew’.

“These songs alone are 9 of the greatest pop songs of all time,” he added. “Twitter… STFU.”

McCartney was seen holding a Ukrainian flag as he took the stage for an encore at his headline set on Saturday.

Coming back: McCartney on stage at Glastonbury

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McCartney’s marathon headlines slot featured surprise guest appearances from Dave Grohl and Bruce Springsteen, the latter joining McCartney for a rendition of Glory Days.

The ex-Beatle also performed a “duet” with his late bandmate John Lennon, using digitally isolated vocals and video footage.

McCartney’s record-breaking Glastonbury performance included a tribute to his other late bandmate, George Harrison.

In a five star rating for The IndependentMark Beaumont wrote: “By the time ‘Live and Let Die’ filled the skies with flame and drama and ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’ broke 100,000 hearts and then mend them, the show is by far its best writer seen on the Pyramid Stage of Glastonbury in 30 years.

A crowd gathers to see Paul McCartney on the Pyramid Stage in Glastonbury

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“When Macca returns to duet with the isolated Lennon voice of ‘I’ve Got a Feeling’, which is the closest thing to a Beatles reunion we’ll ever see, and Glastonbury conveys all the feelings, it’s probably for the best what I’ve seen on every stage. […] We need a bigger star rating system.”

Here’s a recap of the highlights from Day 4 in Glastonbury, including Greta Thunberg’s surprise appearance and Olivia Rodrigo’s torrid duet with Lily Allen before the Supreme Court of late Deer vs Wade rule here.

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