Bruce Springsteen With The Beatles
Last night Bruce Springsteen was joined by Paul McCartney for a surprise appearance to close out Saturday Night Live’s holiday episode. It wasn’t the first time The Boss and The Beatles – whose catalog reportedly will be available on streaming services next week – joined forces as Bruce previously shared the stage with McCartney and his former bandmates George Harrison and Ringo Starr (Springsteen and the late John Lennon never appeared together). After last night’s pairing of the two iconic rock legends, here’s a look back at other times Bruce performed with Paul, George and Ringo.
Springsteen was on hand to induct Bob Dylan into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1988, the same year The Beatles made it in. The stellar all-star jam featuring Harrison and Starr ended the night with a performance of “I Saw Her Standing There” which saw Bruce playing tambourine and sharing a mic and verses with Mick Jagger.
In 1999 it was Bruce’s turn to be inducted into the Rock Hall during a ceremony that included the E Street Band reuniting and Wilson Pickett joining the band. The night also featured McCartney’s induction as well as a show-closing performance of “Let It Be” boasting a band of Billy Joel, Robbie Robertson, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Clapton, Bono and Springsteen.
The 2012 Hard Rock Calling festival in London’s Hyde Park was headlined by Bruce and the E Street Band. McCartney joined for the set’s finale of “I Saw Her Standing There” and “Twist & Shout” before the sit-in was truncated by authorities enforcing a local curfew.
Also in 2012, McCartney closed out the Grammy Awards ceremony performing part of the Abbey Road medley “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight” and “The End.” Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl and Springsteen were among the guitarists who joined in on the action.
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