Paul McCartney closes 2010 Isle Of Wight Festival with Jimi Hendrix tribute

Former Beatle tops the bill at Seaclose Park

Paul McCartney closed the 2010 Isle Of Wight Festival tonight (June 13), headlining the Main Stage.  

Taking to the stage after a pre-recorded video introduction from comedian James Corden, he kicked things off with a medley of Wings‘Venus And Mars’ and ‘Rock Show’ before diving straight into ‘Jet’.  

“Good evening Isle Of Wight, we’re going to have fun tonight,” he told crowd before playing his first Beatles song of the night, ‘All My Loving’.

Playing a career-spanning set, McCartney also paid tribute to Jimi Hendrix, famed for stealing the show at the 1970 Isle Of Wight Festival, including a few bars from ‘Purple Haze’ at the end of ‘Let Me Roll It’.

“I was really lucky to know Jimi and hang out with him a little bit in the ’60s, he was a great guy,” he told the crowd afterwards. “The biggest tribute we had from him was we [The Beatles] released ‘Sgt Pepper’ on a Friday and then I went to see him on the Sunday and he learnt it, how cool was that for me? Very cool!”

Having performed the likes of Wings‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’, McCartney, who was making only his second UK festival performance after headlining Glastonbury in 2004, played a run of crowd-pleasers including ‘Band On The Run’, ‘Back In The USSR’, ‘Let It Be’ and ‘Hey Jude’.

He then rounded things off with ‘Yesterday’, ‘Helter Skelter’ and a medley comprising of the reprise of the aforementioned ‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ and ‘The End’.

Paul McCartney played:

‘Venus And Mars/’Rock Show’
‘All My Loving’
‘Letting Go’
‘Let Me Roll It’
‘The Long And Winding Road’
‘Nineteen Hundred And Eighty Five’
‘I’m Looking Through You’
‘Here Today’
‘Dance Tonight’
‘Mrs Vandebilt’
‘Eleanor Rigby’
‘Sing The Changes’
‘Band On The Run’
‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’
‘Back In The USSR’
‘Paperback Writer’
‘Let It Be’
‘Live And Let Die’
‘Hey Jude’
‘Day Tripper’
‘Get Back’
‘Helter Skelter’
‘Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ (reprise)/’The End’

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