Though the evening started 30 minutes behind schedule because of a shooting in Palm Springs, the Paul McCartney/Neil Young concert still rocked the sold out crowd.


Following a somber Saturday evening in Palm Springs, California, where two police officers lost their lives, McCartney and Young went onstage and performed for a sold out crowd of 75,000 people.

Young opened for McCartney on his Desert Trip concert, starting with “After the Gold Rush.” Young’s set was energetic and heartwarming at first, and McCartney soon joined him on stage to perform some Beatles classics, paired with some hits from Wings as well as some solo stuff.

McCartney brought his classic boyish charm and joy, while Young brought the 60s back for the evening, pleasing the crowd with his hit “Heart of Gold.” Young’s theme seemed to be about environmental conservation, wearing a t-shirt branded “Water is life,” which accompanied his new song of the same name. Young even brought a political, and possibly racist, statement with his song “Hang Glider” about terrorists and “all those people with funny names.”


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The headliner of the show, though, was McCartney, who, despite a raspy voice, had no complaints from the crowd.

“It’s just so huge,” said Pete Ybarra. “I’ve never been to something this big. The stage is so huge. I’ve never seen anything like it.”

“You’ll never see these performers together again,” said fan Paul Manning. “I think they’re all similar sort of artists, so it’s probably a bit of a reunion for them as well.”

Watch the duo perform the Beatle’s “A Day in the Life” below.

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