Neil Young and Crazy Horse Play the Beatles as Paul McCartney Looks On | VIDEO


When Neil Young and Crazy Horse reunited in 2012, it had been eight years since they’d last performed together.

They made their return to the stage on February 10 of that year at a MusiCares tribute concert for Paul McCartney. And appropriately, they opened with a Beatles song, “I Saw Her Standing There,” the first track from that group’s debut album, Please Please Me.

As a surprised McCartney watched from the audience, Young and Crazy Horse launched into the song, taking it at a slower and more deliberate pace than the original. Young even demonstrated his knowledge of Beatles lore when he altered the opening lyrics from “Well she was just 17, you know what I mean,” to “Well she was just 17, and she wasn’t a beauty queen.” McCartney’s original lyric for the song was “never been a beauty queen,” until his co-writer, John Lennon, told him to change it.

You can watch the performance below.

Young is currently on tour for his latest album, The Monsanto Years, with his band Promise of the Real. He garnered some press in recent months when he told Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump to stop using his song “Rockin’ in the Free World” in his campaign. Young was also revealed to have given Meryl Streep a guitar lesson for her role in the summer flick Ricki and the Flash, in which the actress plays an aging singer coming to terms with her estranged family.