- East Rutherford
- Met Life Stadium
- 51,872 / 51,872
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This was the sixteenth date and the last concert of the “Got Back” tour. Paul McCartney was joined by Bruce Springsteen on two songs, Springsteen’s “Glory Days” and “I Wanna Be Your Man“. During the encore, Jon Bon Jovi went on stage to sing Happy Birthday to Paul, in anticipation of his 80th birthday two days later.
From MetLife Stadium (@mlstadium) on Instagram, February 23, 2022:
@PaulMcCartney end zone takeover at MetLife Stadium! Fans can come out and take a photo from the field or seats tonight from 5:30-7:30pm and Thursday, Feb 24 from noon-2pm. Free parking in lots F and G and enter at MetLife Gate.
Come out and make a memory! #PAULMcCARTNEYGOTBACK
From nj.com, June 17, 2022:
Late in Paul McCartney’s marathon set at MetLife Stadium Thursday night, a second microphone stand was placed beside the rock icon.
“We have a surprise for you,” McCartney told the sold-out crowd. “He’s a friend of mine, he’s a local boy.”
Bruce Springsteen emerged moments later, guitar in hand, as “BRUUUUCE” chants rained down from audience of 60,000 fans.
“Happy birthday, Paul,” Springsteen said into his microphone, noting McCartney’s upcoming 80th birthday on Saturday. “Here’s to 80 more years of “Glory Days.”
And then, of course, Springsteen, McCartney and McCartney’s seven-piece band jammed a massive, all-smiles rendition of Springsteen’s hit “Glory Days.”
Upon the song’s conclusion, McCartney asked Springsteen, 72, to stay for one more, and they knocked out a pumping version of the Beatles’ “I Wanna Be Your Man,” a sure thrill for Bruce, for whom Paul, John, George and Ringo were a key factor in his musical development, as he wrote in his 2016 autobiography. […]
From nj.com, June 17, 2022:
During the encore to Paul McCartney’s marathon set at MetLife Stadium Thursday night, a certain mop of silver, feathered hair emerged from the wings.
In one hand, Jon Bon Jovi held a huge bundle of balloons. In the other, a microphone, to surprise McCartney just two days before his 80th birthday — and moments before the rock legend was about to perform his apt Beatles classic “Birthday.”
As McCartney was asking the crowd if anyone had a birthday coming up, Bon Jovi interrupted him, quipping “I know it’s somebody’s birthday.”
“Who’s that?” McCartney wondered, before turning around to see the Jersey rock star approaching.
Bon Jovi continued: “Welcome to New Jersey, I have 60,000 people who want to sing ‘Happy Birthday’ to you.”
And so the sold-out crowd sang “Happy Birthday,” with Bon Jovi on lead. After the song was over, Bon Jovi attempted to release the balloons to the sky. They got caught in the rafters and he walked off stage. […]
From paulmccartney.com, June 22, 2022:
And just like that, here we are at the close of the 2022 GOT BACK U.S. run — six weeks gone by in the blink of an eye. Seeing more than a dozen Paul McCartney concerts will tend to make the time fly…
It was a heavily overcast cloudy day in East Rutherford NJ as Paul rolled into the home of the New York Giants and New York Jets, the massive MetLife Stadium at which he’d previously played a sold-out date on the One On One tour in 2016. The weather would hold until well into this night’s performance, the clouds bursting roughly around the same time the answer to the question of “How would Paul top MetLife 2016?” would have been categorically and definitively answered.
50,000+ Macca maniacs from New Jersey, New York (the city being a just a few miles east of the northern NJ Meadowlands complex to which MetLife was added in 2010) and doubtless points far further abroad gathered to celebrate the man and his music just two days before his birthday — a good number among the crowd were ready to celebrate early — very politely acknowledged by Paul — some brandishing signs with birthday wishes, others breaking into celebratory choruses of ‘Happy Birthday’ as early in the set as ‘Maybe I’m Amazed’ and others still who… well, we’ll get to them in a minute…
Some two dozen songs in, MetLife was already proving to be up there with the best of GOT BACK — or if we’re being frank, any rock show really — with the energy levels having already ratcheted up to impossible heights by a stellar stretch of ‘You Never Give Me Your Money’, ‘She Came In Through The Bathroom Window’, ‘Get Back’ and ‘Band On The Run’, Paul added to the eternal gift of song he’s been sharing at every stop on GOT BACK with a once in a lifetime surprise that the assembled NJ faithful will never forget:
“We got a special surprise for you,” Paul said, adding “A friend of mine, he’s a local boy…” and touching off a thunderous stadium-wide chant of “BRUUUUUUUUUCE” that threatened to drown out Springsteen’s own birthday wishes to Paul — “Happy birthday, Paul! Here’s to 80 more years of Glory Days!” — expressed with genuine love and admiration as The Boss joined Paul and the boys to tear into a rousing rendition of Bruce’s ‘Glory Days’. It was a moment of musical history unfurling in real time to be sure, but also so much more: the overwhelming outpouring of elation emanating from the stage and being reflected back a thousandfold (to say the least) was an overpowering testament to the power of music to overcome anything and everything, to focus tens of thousands of hearts and minds (and voices) to live entirely in the moment — as the more than 50,000 who bore witness to Paul giving himself the (pre) birthday gift of a break from the lead vocal mic to lay down tasty basslines and howling harmonies as Bruce belted will attest, it was a singular moment that words will forever fail to do justice… Not that that’ll stop any and everyone who was there from trying! Ironic perhaps that Paul’s duet with Bruce on this signature anthemic paean to the halcyon days of youth will now be the subject of stories to regale generations of friends and family to come… as it should be. It was indeed nothing short of glorious.
Paul and Bruce then segued seamlessly into the first and only GOT BACK U.S. Tour performance of ‘I Wanna Be Your Man’, a rollicking, white-hot version that marked Paul and Bruce’s first duet on a Beatles classic since they joined forces in 2017 for an encore of ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ at Madison Square Garden. After which, unbelievably, the show continued to shift into higher gears — as the Associated Press observed, “For most artists, the appearance of such local royalty would be a hard-to-top moment. Most artists can’t immediately whip out ‘Let it Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’ to follow it”—Nor can most —or any artist for that matter — include a searing ‘Live And Let Die’ in that same main set home stretch, replete with a super-sized pyro/firework cataclysm during which the clouds finally burst, as if someone up in the skies above was feeling those pillars of flame getting a bit too close for comfort…
The rain did absolutely nothing to dampen the irrepressible spirits of the MetLife crowd, as they laughed, loved and cried through the NJ debut of Paul’s virtual duet with John on the encore-opening ‘I’ve Got A Feeling’ — a moment Paul described for those in attendance as “special for me. I know it’s just virtual, but here we are, we’re singing together again.” A second surprise appearance then came in the form of an answer to Paul’s introduction of ‘Birthday’ — as he asked “Has anybody in the audience got a birthday?” someone answered from the wings, “I know it’s somebody’s birthday.” And there was New Jersey’s own Jon Bon Jovi, materializing from stage left to present Paul with a gigantic cluster of star-filled helium balloons, before leading the entire crowd in a heartfelt and exuberant ‘Happy Birthday’.
An incendiary ‘Helter Skelter’ was next, followed by a closing Abbey Road medley during which The Boss returned to trade licks with Paul, Rusty and Brian, expanding the dueling solos of ‘The End’ into a four-guitar crossfire, which in turn crescendoed into immeasurable heights of rock n roll jubilation as Paul delivered the final coda of the U.S leg of GOT BACK:
“And in the end
The love you take
Is equal to the love you make”
No one could have dreamt a more fitting conclusion to the (Can’t Buy Me) Love-fest that was the GOT BACK U.S. Tour. And now over to Stuart Bell to Tell it from Glastonbury (I’ll be in attendance — as a punter. And yes, I’m bringing wellies)…Steve Martin – Paul McCartney’s US publicist
Last updated on June 30, 2022
Met Life Stadium
This was the 1st and only concert played at Met Life Stadium.
Setlist for the soundcheck
Setlist for the concert