McCartney’s Lament: The Era of Extended Concerts
Paul McCartney, the iconic figure from the Beatles, has recently expressed his discontent with the trend of extended concerts, pointing his finger at Bruce Springsteen, known for his marathon three-hour performances. McCartney humorously accused Springsteen of being the catalyst for this shift in concert duration, contrasting it with the Beatles’ swift half-hour shows. The Beatles’ approach, according to McCartney, was to deliver a high-energy performance and then swiftly exit the stage, a method that didn’t seem unusual at the time. However, McCartney’s recent performance at the U.K. Glastonbury Festival comprised a whopping 38 songs.
Paul McCartney is a British singer, songwriter, and composer who gained worldwide fame as co-lead vocalist and bassist for the Beatles, one of the most influential bands in the history of popular music. His songwriting partnership with John Lennon remains the most successful in history.
Bruce Springsteen, also known as “The Boss,” is an American singer, songwriter, and musician who is both a solo artist and the leader of the E Street Band. He received critical acclaim for his early 1970s albums and attained worldwide fame upon releasing “Born to Run” in 1975.
The Glastonbury Festival is a five-day contemporary performing arts festival near Pilton, Somerset, England. In addition to contemporary music, the festival hosts dance, comedy, theatre, circus, cabaret, and other arts.