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Rolf Harris covers Led Zeppelin during rap-friendly Glastonbury set

Australian legend draws in huge Pyramid Stage crowd

Pic: Tom Martin
Rolf Harris officially kicked off proceedings on Glastonbury's Pyramid Stage today (June 25) by duetting with a rapper and covering Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'.

Harris' set initially started with just his band onstage, with rapper BB Manik taking charge of the mic.

"When I say Rolf, you say Harris," the rapper urged the massive crowd, starting the first of many interactions between the stage and audience.

Harris himself then walked onstage, garnering a standing ovation from the thousands of fans in attendance. "G'day!" he said after walking on, adding: "Glastonbury is 40 years old and I've just turned 80!" The comment prompted huge cheers from the audience.

Harris then filled his performance with numerous comedic stories about his homeland, as well as playing a lighthearted set with his band, who included a didgeridoo player.

"Are we gonna clap on the beat, or off the beat..." he joked to the crowd at the start of 'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport', while audience members chanted "There's only one Rolfy Harris" over and over before 'Sun Arise'.

He also covered Irish folk standards 'Irish Rover' and 'Waltzing Matilda' during his set, as well as his version of Led Zeppelin's 'Stairway To Heaven'. His 1969 UK Number One 'Two Little Boys', played towards the end of his set, garnered the best crowd reaction. At the end of the song, Manik again returned to the stage to rap a version of the track.

Rolf Harris played:

'Intro Rap'
'Tie Me Kangaroo Down Sport'
'The Court Of King Caractacus'
'Jimmy My Boy'
'Iko Iko'
'Irish Rover'
'Raining On The Rock'
'Waltzing Matilda'
'Sun Arise'
'Two Little Boys'
'Outro Rap'
'Stairway To Heaven'
'Brit Roo'


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