Former bandmates and recent Stern Show guests Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr came together over the weekend for a surprise performance of a classic Beatles’ song at London’s O2 Arena. The rock icons took the stage with Rolling Stones’ guitarist Ronnie Wood and delivered an unforgettable rendition of “Get Back,” a 1969 tune off the Fab Four’s final studio album “Let It Be.”
The unannounced reunion took place during a McCartney concert in support of his latest solo effort, “Egypt Station”—an album the rock icon joined the Stern Show to discuss back in September.
The “Get Back” performance included an extra chorus as well as an impromptu hug session between the three Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. It also ended with Ringo uttering his signature “peace and love” line, which he discussed with Howard in November during his eagerly anticipated Stern Show return.
“I don’t know about you, but that was a thrill for me. Peace and love everybody and a Merry Christmas,” he says in the video (above).
“I’m just going to let that moment sink in,” Sir Paul adds after Ronnie and Ringo exit the stage.
This weekend's unexpected performance wasn't Ringo and Paul's first time playing together since the Beatles officially disbanded in 1970. The two collaborated in 2017 in the recording studio along with Eagles' great Joe Walsh, who also returned to the Stern Show recently alongside Ringo, his brother-in-law.
Get Howard’s full interview with Sir Paul McCartney—including talk about his new album, love of touring, and relationship with Ringo—here. Look back at Ringo Starr’s recent visit, including his candid discussion of the Beatles' breakup, here.