Stevie Wonder was last night a surprise special guest star at the UK’s legendary music festival, Glastonbury, known the whole world over. Stevie, with event organiser Michael Eavis, closed the show with his hit song, Happy Birthday’, to mark the 40th anniversary of the UK’s summer music festival which draws a global and cult audience.
Stevie Wonder’s set included the performance of many of his biggest hits, including ‘Signed, Sealed, Delivered I’m Yours’, ‘Superstition’ and his version of The Beatles’ ‘We Can Work It Out’.
Before he closed the show, Stevie welcomed Michael on to the stage and sang his international Number One track, ‘Happy Birthday’, to him to mark the event’s 40th anniversary. Michael joined in too.
The magnificent vintage performer, well known for his dark glasses to cover his sightless eyes, has not mellowed with age, either. In keeping with Glastonbury’s rather revolutionary and reactionary reputation, Stevie made a powerful speech prior to performance of yet another of his hit songs, ‘Living for the City’. He told the sun-baked crowd who are perhaps more familiar with wallowing in mud for the annual music festival: “I believe God is about the perpetuation of life, not the destroying of it. If I could see I could really kick some a*s. If you’re gonna be a hater just go drink some haterade and just die.”
Strong words, Stevie!
Michael Eavis wasn’t Glastonbury’s only impromptu final night performance. Dance act, Orbital, also sprung a surprise for ‘Doctor Who’ fans when the latest Doctor, actor Matt Smith, joined them on stage for their performance of a dance remix of the sci-fi show’s iconic theme tune.
Plans are already underway for next year’s Glastonbury Festival – will you be there? As Stevie Wonder shows, many global stars of the music business will be around.