Given the current health crisis, live music as we know it remains an impossibility. Doing our best to offer an alternative, we’re dipping back into the Far Out archives to revisit the remarkable moment Bruce Springsteen joined his idol Paul McCartney on stage to singe the Beatles classic ‘I Saw Her Standing There’.
The Boss has never held back is admiration for The Beatles, often publication detailing his fandom for the Fab Four. In fact, Springsteen once went as far as to say ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand’ changed his life: “This was another song that changed the course of my life,” he once said. “It was a very raucous sounding record when it came out of the radio. It really was the song that inspired me to play rock and roll music – to get a small band and start doing some small gigs around town. It was life changing. It’s still a beautiful record.”
He added: “If you listen to the great Beatle records, the earliest ones where the lyrics are incredibly simple. Why are they still beautiful? Well, they’re beautifully sung, beautifully played, and the mathematics in them is elegant. They retain their elegance.”
While Springsteen was able to share a stage with one of his idols once before, that meeting was shockingly cut short when event organisers were forced to pull the plug because of time constraints. In a bid to put that right though, McCartney welcomed back The Boss years later during his show at Madison Square Garden in 2017.
“Ladies and gentlemen, Mr. Bruce Springsteen,” McCartney told the audience who then began to fill the room with chants of “Bruuuuce!”. The band then launched into a rendition of the Please Please Me song which saw the two musicians trade vocal duty while Van Zandt delivered an extended guitar solo.
See the performance, below.