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From paulmccartney.com, March 25, 2015:
Paul announced this morning that he will headline this year’s Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park in Chicago. The appearance – set to take place on Friday 31st July – will mark Paul’s first visit to the festival.
Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell said of the line up announcement, “The heart of Lollapalooza has always been the music. The brotherhood and sisterhood of musicians is getting stronger and the unexpected surprises and collaborations are cementing magical moments that will live on in music history. Having young talented artists performing alongside legends is all I could ever ask for and I’ll be grinning from ear to ear the entire weekend”.
Other artists set to appear at the festival include Metallica and Florence and the Machine plus over 130 more. […]
From RedBull, July 31st 2015:
I was walking out of dinner right around 8 o’clock Thursday night when I heard an extremely familiar voice coming from the Samsung Stage on the south end of the Lollapalooza festival grounds. I moved into a clearing for a better view and peered at the jumbotrons beside the stage. Yup, it was Paul McCartney and his band, sound checking.
Most sound checks last a few minutes. Roadies tune the drums and guitars, maybe play a little “Stairway” and adjust the levels on the microphones. The band runs through a couple partial songs. They laugh and then give the thumbs up, before leaving the stage. Headliners take a little more time, playing a handful of songs before heading out into the night.
Not Sir Paul.
McCartney played for well over an hour. Essentially, he performed a show for anyone within hearing distance. And because Lollapalooza is held in Grant Park, which is smack dab in the middle of downtown Chicago, McCartney’s epic sound check could be heard by pretty everyone all over the city […]
From Billboard, August 1st 2015:
Paul McCartney didn’t bring out Kanye West or Rihanna for “Four Five Seconds,” but he still enlisted a pretty awesome musician for a collaboration at Lollapalooza tonight (July 31) in Chicago.
Aside from playing a ton of Beatles and Wings classics, Macca also performed a little bit of “FourFiveSeconds,” his collaborative effort with Kanye and Rihanna. […] this is the first time McCartney has performed “FourFiveSeconds” since the 2015 Grammys, when he played it alongside Rihanna and Kanye. That makes this the first time he has performed it on his own, handling lead vocals.
And that cool collaboration? Alabama Shakes singer-guitarist Brittany Howard onstage for a performance of the Beatles’ “Get Back.” The recent Billboard cover star traded vocals and guitar licks throughout, and even sang lead on the second verse.
From paulmccartney.com, September 8, 2015:
During the closing hours of July, Paul made his inaugural appearance at the Lollapalooza music festival. Taking to a stage that overlooked Chicago’s impressive Grant Park skyline, Paul’s headline appearance has since been hailed by critics and fans alike as the biggest and best in the festival’s 25 year history.
Toward the finale of Paul’s two plus hour set, he was joined on stage by Alabama Shakes’ singer Brittany Howard and – to the palpable delight of all those present – performed a duet of The Beatles’ classic ‘Get Back’.
Talking about the evening, Brittany told us:
“It was such an honour to play with Paul and his incredible band. They welcomed me with open arms and I’m grateful. Once in a lifetime! I hope they had as much fun as I did.”
We spoke with Paul this week who responded: “We sure did – cheers! Thanks Paul.”
During the acoustic rendition of “Here Today“, Paul paused after a few chords, hearing the music from another stage of the festival, and declared:
By the way, you’re noticing we have got a little disco going on over here… I intended this. It’s a little mash-up. It’s a crazy mash-up of this song and whatever shit they’re playing.Paul McCartney
When the song ended, he said:
Now we have got some amplification, we can blast them off the planet!Paul McCartney
Chicago, you brought your A game again last night. Thank you allBrian Ray – from Twitter
Last updated on February 22, 2021
Setlist for the concert