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The Knebworth Festival, on the grounds of the Knebworth House, near Knebworth, England, is a recurring open air rock and pop concert that started in 1974 when The Allman Brothers Band attracted 60,000 people.
Since then the venue has hosted numerous outdoor concerts, featuring artists including Pink Floyd, Rolling Stones, Genesis, Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, The Beach Boys, Deep Purple, Queen, Status Quo, Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Robert Plant, Dire Straits, Oasis, Robbie Williams and the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
That June, 1990 night at the Knebworth House, north of London, the future Sir Paul had just turned 48, already ancient by rock and roll standards. As he is today, he was in great spirits, kicking things off with Wings’ “Comin’ Up,” then serving up some Beatles tunes (“Yer Birthday,” “Hey, Jude” and “Can’t Buy Me Love”) to the huge crowd of about 120,000, most of them planted at Knebworth all day and night – and a rainy, windy one, at that – for a procession of rock acts. They appeared to have endured rainy, windy weather (When do they get to go to the porta-potties?)
This was a benefit two British organizations involved with enabling disabled children to learn and perform music, and McCartney offered a shout-out to them, for “helping kids reach out and touch the world,” before playing a luminous, seven-minute version of “Hey Jude.” Paul’s intro gave the song even more of a glow than usual.
Alongside members of his band (which included Linda McCartney on second keyboards), you could see a setlist, with perhaps eight or nine titles. Only four are included in [the official DVD], and that’s because this was a well-packed all-star festival which required a three-DVD release. InVol. 1, McCartney is preceded by Tears for Fears, Cliff Richard and the Shadows, and Phil Collins. Check out the other volumes for Pink Floyd, Eric Clapton, Elton John, Dire Straits, Robert Plant (with guest Jimmy Page), and Status Quo.
Last updated on July 26, 2015
This was the 1st and only concert played at Knebworth Park.
Setlist for the concert
Album Available on The Knebworth Concert
Album Available on Tripping The Live Fantastic - Ultimate Archive Collection