Now that’s a Jersey birthday party.
Bruce Springsteen helped Paul McCartney celebrate his 80th birthday during his “Got Back” concert Thursday, June 16, at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford.
“We got a special surprise for you,” McCartney said. “A friend of mine, he’s a local boy. I think you guessed it! I said you got to come and sing with us!”
“Here’s to 80 more years of glory days!” Springsteen said.
Springsteen’s appearance prompted the stadium to yell “Bruuuucce,” and, coincidently, cause it to start raining. He later came on to trade guitar licks on show-closing “The End.”
McCartney turns 80 on Saturday, June 18. The crowd broke into a spontaneous rendition of “Happy Birthday” earlier in the night.
“Yeah, you’re right, I got birthday coming up,” McCartney said. “I’m not trying to ignore it, but…”.
Later, Jon Bon Jovi led a second stadium serenade of “Happy Birthday” to McCartney. He gave balloons to the Beatles legend, too.
Springsteen and McCartney have shared the stage a few times — including an infamous July 2012 performance when officials at the Hard Rock Calling Festival in London’s Hyde Park, which the E Street Band was headlining, pulled the plug due to a noise curfew.
The last time Springsteen and McCartney played together was September of 2017, when the Boss and Steven Van Zandt joined McCartney on stage at Madison Square Garden in New York City. They performed “I Saw Her Standing There,” twice, during the encore of McCartney’s One on One tour show.
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McCartney’s 13-city Got Back tour launched April 28 at the Spokane Arena in Washington. It’s McCartney’s first run of live dates since the 39-show, 12-country Freshen Up tour of July, 2019.
Springsteen, who lives in Colts Neck, last made the trip to MetLife to join Coldplay for two songs on June 5.
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Chris Jordan, a Jersey Shore native, covers entertainment and features for the USA Today Network New Jersey. Contact him at @chrisfhjordan; firstname.lastname@example.org.