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Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney perform “Get Back” at London’s O2 Arena, Dec. 16, 2018

Fans attending Paul McCartney concert at London’s O2 Arena on Sunday (December 16) got the unexpected thrill of a lifetime when he was joined onstage by Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood. When the cheers died down, McCartney added: “I believe we’ve got someone else here who can help us out… ladies and gentlemen… the ever-fantastic Mr. Ringo Starr!”

Not surprisingly, the crowd erupted in a combination of joy and disbelief as the beloved Beatle jogged onto the stage to join his friends. After hugs and Ringo’s familiar two-handed peace sign, McCartney said: “We might as well do a song together,” as Starr got behind the drum kit.

The band, now with two prominent additions, then kicked-in to the familiar start to the Beatles’ “Get Back.” Watch several fan clips below.

Related: McCartney has shared an official clip of the performance

The concert was the final of three U.K. dates that McCartney did this week as part of his 2018-2019 Freshen Up tour, which began Sept. 17 in Quebec. McCartney has already done shows in Canada, Japan, France, Denmark, Poland and Austria, as well as two performances at the ACL Festival in Austin, Tex.

The tour has a break now with his next dates current scheduled for South America in March, followed by plenty of U.S. arena and stadium concerts in the spring and summer.

But on Sunday night, the rock world was fixated on London as the former bandmates shared the stage. For one night at least, it was Beatlemania 2018.0.

Watch McCartney, Ringo and Wood perform “Get Back” at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 16, 2018

The song was the third encore of a 40-song, career-spanning setlist, including several from McCartney’s new Egypt Station studio album. When it was over, the trio hugged. Starr came up to the mic and said, “I don’t know about you, but it was a thrill for me.” The crowd roared and Starr waved to the crowd. He and Wood left the stage to cheers of “Ringo, Ringo… !”

Watch the performance from a different angle

Want one more of the historic performance? You got it!

Kind of begs the question… will McCartney or Starr join the Stones onstage for the latter’s 2019 No Filter U.S. tour?

Paul McCartney 2019 Tour Dates (Tickets are available here and here)

Mar 20 – Santiago, Chile – National Stadium*
Mar 23 – Buenos Aires, Argentina – Polo Ground
Mar 26 – Sao Paulo, Brazil – Allianz Parque*
Mar 30 – Curitiba, Brazil – Estadio Couto Pereira
May 23 – New Orleans, LA – Smoothie King Arena
May 27 – Raleigh, NC – PNC Arena
May 30 – Greenville, SC – Bon Secours Wellness Arena
Jun 01 – Lexington, KY – Rupp Arena
Jun 03 – Fort Wayne, IN – Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Jun 06 – Madison, WI – Kohl Center
Jun 08 – Green Bay, WI – Lambeau Field
Jun 11 – Moline, IL – Taxslayer Center
Jun 14 – Arlington, TX – Globe Life Park
Jun 22 – San Diego, CA – Petco Park
Jun 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Talking Stick Resort Arena
Jul 10 – San Jose, CA – SAP Center
Jul 13 – Los Angeles, CA – Dodgers Stadium

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  1. Kevin
    #1 Kevin 17 December, 2018, 14:43

    Even though Paul’s starting to have a little trouble on the high notes, with Ringo along, it would be HUGE!

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