Billie Eilish says she was ‘raised by The Beatles’ as she and Paul McCartney make history at Glastonbury

World

Billie Eilish is in disbelief she’s sharing a stage with Sir Paul McCartney after being ‘raised’ by The Beatles (Picture: Getty)

Billie Eilish has gushed over sharing a stage with Beatles legend Sir Paul McCartney as the pair prepare to break records on the same weekend.

Sir Paul is set to make history on Saturday as he becomes the oldest-ever solo act to headline Glastonbury festival.

The former Beatle’s headline show comes exactly a week after he celebrated his 80th birthday and more than 60 years of making music.

His record-breaking achievement comes just one day after Billie became the youngest-ever solo artist to headline the annual event, at 20 years old.

Speaking to NME on both her and Sir Paul making history on the same stage, Bad Guy singer Billie said: ‘It doesn’t matter how old you are, where you’re from, what you look like or who you are: you can do this s**t.’

She went on to say it was ‘bonkers’ that she was ‘on the same level’ as Sir Paul and fellow headliner Kendrick Lamar, asking ‘are you kidding me?’

Billie eilish
On Friday, the 20-year-old became the youngest person to ever headline Glastonbury (Picture: Invision)

‘The Beatles were what raised me,’ she revealed.

‘My love for music I feel 95 per cent owes to the Beatles and Paul. It’s insane to think about.’

Ahead of his history-making set on the Pyramid Stage, Sir Paul delivered a surprise warm-up performance at an intimate venue in Frome, Somerset, where he played some of his best-known solo material to just 800 people.

Within the selection were hit tracks Maybe I’m Amazed and Band On The Run alongside some of the Beatles’ most loved songs including Hey Jude and Blackbird.

In recent months, Sir Paul has been performing in the US for his Got Back tour, with Jon Bon Jovi joining for his show in New Jersey.

paul mccartney
Sir Paul McCartney will make history on Saturday as he performs at Glastonbury 2022 (Picture: Getty Images)

During his tour this year, the singer held a virtual duet with his former bandmate, the late John Lennon – and speculation is rife Sir Paul is set to do the same for his record-breaking Glasto slot.

With 200,000 attendees at Glastonbury, Sir Paul’s performance is expected to attract an especially large crowd.

He last performed at the festival in 2004, where he drew a crowd of an estimated 100,000 people.

paul mccartney and john lennon
Speculation is rife that Sir Paul is planning a ‘virtual duet’ with the late John Lennon for Saturday’s performance (Picture: Bettmann Archive)

The star previously said that his tour and Glastonbury performance will be full of hits from his time in the Beatles and his later group Wings, as well as some of his most popular solo material.

There are also reports Sir Paul plans to run onstage with a Ukraine flag as he performs an anti-war song by John Lennon near the end of his set amid Russia’s sustained invasion of the country.

On Friday, Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelensky spoke via a video message at the festival where he described Glastonbury as the ‘greatest concentration of freedom’ and called for the world to ‘spread the truth’ about Russia’s war.

volodymyr zelensky
Ukraine president Volodymyr Zelensky addressed the Glastonbury crowd via video link on Friday (Picture: WireImage)

Eurovision winners Kalush Orchestra also marked their first performance in the UK since their stunning win, as they played a Glasto slot on the Shangri-La’s Truth Stage.

Ahead of Sir Paul’s performance on Saturday evening, the Pyramid Stage will host an array of talent including Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, HAIM, AJ Tracey, Easy Life, Joy Crookes and Les Amazones d’Afrique.

As for Billie’s own record-breaking set on Friday, the singer spoke out against the US Supreme Court’s ruling to overturn the landmark 1973 Roe v Wade case that legalised abortion nationwide.

‘Today is a really, really dark day for women in the US,’ she said. ‘I’m just going to say that as I cannot bear to think about it any longer in this moment.’

Got a story?

If you’ve got a celebrity story, video or pictures get in touch with the Metro.co.uk entertainment team by emailing us celebtips@metro.co.uk, calling 020 3615 2145 or by visiting our Submit Stuff page – we’d love to hear from you.

MORE : What time is Paul McCartney’s Glastonbury set and how to watch it on TV?

MORE : Sir Paul McCartney to play tiny gig to just 800 people in Frome before Glastonbury headline slot

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.