The rock world was represented by a handful of heavyweights on Saturday night (April 18th) during the multimedia One World: Together At Home special. Paul McCartney was filmed performing solo at his Hog Hill studio in Sussex, England, tackling “Lady Madonna” on a Wurlitzer electric piano. He explained how his late-mother Mary was a nurse and midwife, before dedicating the revamped jazzy version of the tune to medical workers battling COVID-19.
The Rolling Stones performed “You Can't Always Get What You Want” linked via the Internet, having each recorded their parts via cell phone at home. Charlie Watts undoubtedly stole the show by performing sans a drum set, and utilizing the virtual drum kit app called Freedrum, which only needs drumsticks to register a beat.
In addition to Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on acoustic guitars, Ron Wood handled lead guitar duties on a Fender Stratocaster. Although his guitar work was all but inaudible, it was a nice change to hear some backing vocals from Richards — and Saturday's performance marked the first time Richards has played the Stones' classic in standard guitar tuning since 1968. The Stones were also playing along to a previously prepared backing track, which included organ, percussion, and a sample of the choir from the original recording.