Paul McCartney has joined the current wave of artists to take their live music online and delivered a stripped-down rendition of the 1968 Beatles song ‘Lady Madonna’.
McCartney’s live show came as part of the ‘One World: Together at Home’ broadcast, a show which lasted eight hours and included over 100 different artists and was dedicated to first responders and medical staff who are committed to the current coronavirus pandemic.
“To all of our frontline healthcare workers, we are with you. Thank you for being there for us,” a message read as the screening began.
Organised by Lady Gaga, who said that the event was “a love letter to the world”, the musical campaign was established in a bid to raise money for the COVID-19 Solidarity Response Fund for WHO. Discussing the event, Gaga said the participating musicians wanted “to give back a little bit of the kindness that you’ve given us”.
Alongside Gaga, who also performed on the night, the ‘One World: Together at Home’ broadcast included shows from the likes of The Rolling Stones, Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Lizzo and, of course, Paul McCartney.
“He’s one of the biggest stars in the history of music, an icon for peace and love around the world and my favourite singer-songwriter of all time,” TV chat show host Jimmy Fallon said while introducing McCartney to the broadcast.
With the show cutting to Macca in his home, the 77-year-old spoke directly to the camera: “Good evening, I’m very honoured to be a part of this programme tonight,” the former Beatle said. “It celebrates the true heroes, our healthcare workers all around the world. As this COVID-19 pandemic is a global crisis, we have to all come together to fight it on a global scale.”
He added: “Let’s tell our leaders we need them to strengthen the healthcare systems all around the world so that a crisis like this never happens again.”
See McCartney’s performance, below.