Watch: Paul McCartney, Bob Weir +… Gronk in 2016

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Paul McCartney isn't short. He just looks that way compared to Gronk!

Paul McCartney isn’t short. He just looks that way compared to Gronk!

For the first time, a member of The Beatles performed on stage with a member of the Grateful Dead. And to make it even more interesting, an NFL star was thrown in the mix.

Paul McCartney’s concert at Boston’s Fenway Park on July 17, 2016, took a little twist when special guest Bob Weir joined him for the encore of the Wings song “Hi Hi Hi” as well as The Beatles classic “Helter Skelter.”

During the latter, New England Patriots star Rob Gronkowski also appeared on stage, though Gronk’s performance was relegated to dancing and rocking along on air guitar. (For the record, Macca is approximately 5′ 11″; Gronkowski? 6′ 6″.)

Weir’s project, Dead & Company, had played Fenway Park the previous two nights.

Watch Weir join McCartney for “Hi Hi Hi”…

And “Helter Skelter” with Gronk…

Members of the Fab Four and Dead had long expressed their admiration for each other’s music, with the Dead quite often covering classic Beatles songs in concert. In the 1990s, McCartney released a Grateful Dead-inspired photo film.

Weir is on tour with Wolf Bros. Tickets are available here and here. McCartney continues his Freshen Up tour into 2019. Tickets are available here and here.

Including the two songs collaborations with Weir, McCartney played a career-spanning 39-song show.

Paul McCartney, July 17, 2016, Fenway Park, Boston Setlist:
A Hard Day’s Night
Save Us
Can’t Buy Me Love
Letting Go (Wings)
Temporary Secretary
Let Me Roll It (Wings)
I’ve Got a Feeling
My Valentine
Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five
Here, There and Everywhere
Maybe I’m Amazed
We Can Work It Out
In Spite of All the Danger (The Quarrymen)
You Won’t See Me
Love Me Do
And I Love Her
Here Today
Queenie Eye
The Fool on the Hill
Lady Madonna
Eleanor Rigby
Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite!
Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da
Band on the Run
Back in the U.S.S.R.
Let It Be
Live and Let Die
Hey Jude
Hi, Hi, Hi
Helter Skelter
Golden Slumbers
Carry That Weight


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