Stevie Wonder & Paul McCartney Wow Crowds
This weekend, Hyde Park was transformed for the 3 days of concerts at Hard Rock Calling. Pearl Jam headlined on the Friday night, with Stevie Wonder on Saturday and Sir Paul McCartney performing on Sunday. The gigs were a sell out, with thousands of people flocking to the Royal Park to hear these legends perform live. Our Marble Arch escorts were right near the entrance and could hear the music faintly from outside the festival; many others who couldn’t get tickets sat on the grass outside the barriers in the hope of hearing some of their favourite hits.
Saturday provided perfect weather for all the concert goers at Hard Rock Calling, with clear blue skies and temperatures reaching 28 degrees. Corinne Bailey Rae and James Morrison warmed up the crowds, followed by an energetic performance from Jamiroquai. Front man Jay Kay proved that he’s a showman by donning a large feathered headdress, performing all of their biggest hits flawlessly.
The final act of the evening was Motown legend Stevie Wonder, who has recently turned 60. There were no signs of ageing during his performance, which he started on his feet with a hand held keyboard. His energy and spark remained intact throughout the 2 hour set, getting all of the crowd on their feet and dancing along.
As well as covering Jay Z and Alicia Keys’ recent hit ‘Empire State of Mind’, Wonder sang all of his biggest hits including ‘Isn’t She Lovely’, ‘Superstition’ and ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered’. He also paid tribute to the late Michael Jackson, playing an instrumental version of ‘Human Nature’ on the harmonica.
On Sunday, Crowded House and Elvis Costello played earlier sets before Sir Paul McCartney took to the stage. Macca was cheered on by the crowd as he played classic hits by the Beatles, such as ‘Hey Jude’, ‘Get Back’, ‘The Long and Winding Road’ and ‘Lady Madonna’. Seeing such an iconic figure made some people in the audience quite emotional, especially those who can remember the Beatles mania of the 1960s. McCartney is now aged 68, but his stamina and enthusiasm hasn’t waned one bit.
Crowds present on Sunday had to withstand temperatures of 30 degrees in Hyde Park, but it was worth it to see such an International legend perform. We also heard the Bond theme ‘Live and Let Die’ from Macca, and some of his hits from ‘Wings’. He certainly didn’t disappoint, and proved that he and Stevie Wonder have definitely still got it.