Monday, March 19, 2012

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band - U2 & Paul McCartney

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Paul McCartney performing with U2 at Live8. Technically, the single of this performance is credited to U2 featuring Paul McCartney.

In 2005, Paul McCartney appeared with Bono and company at Live 8. They performed "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" before a huge crowd. The performance opened the event, and the "tie-in" apparently was the line the song that goes "It was 20 years ago today" - the Live 8 concert being 20 years after Live Aid.

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Paul with Bono and Flea of U2.

McCartney and U2 released a single of the performance on iTunes for charity. Apparently, the performance was on the Internet within about an hour of the recording of it. This stunt helped the charity receive more money and set a world record for the fastest-selling online song of all time.

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The single peaked at No. 48 in the United States, not a bad ranking for a simple performance piece of a well-worn classic.

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As for the U2/McCartney rendition, it is kind of an interesting performance of the song, but a good one.


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