Neil Young Covers ‘I Saw Her Standing There’ for Paul McCartney
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When 2012 got around, it appeared as though Neil Young and Crazy Horse may never play together again. Since their 1968 inception, this was the longest hiatus between performances they have ever had. However, you can’t say no forever, and when the timing is perfect to return as Crazy Horse again, they did it in full blast.
On February 10th, 2012, Neil Young and Crazy Horse made their live return with a performance of “I Saw Her Standing There” at a MusiCares memorial event to Paul McCartney during Grammy week. Sharing the same bill with the band were singer Katy Perry, James Taylor, and Alicia Keys, bands such as the Foo Fighters, Coldplay, and with Paul McCartney himself. Crazy Horse managed to steal the stage and slightly tweak the lyrics of this Beatle classic. The video can be seen below.
“I Saw Her Standing There” was written during the early-Beatle era of the Fab Four, still residing in Liverpool. Paul claims he and songwriting partner John Lennon wrote it on the front porch of their home at 20 Forthlin Road while they should have been at class. On the drive back after a performance in Southport, McCartney got the first inspiration for the song, and the two of them collaborated to complete it. Amazingly, the two even managed to squeeze in some piano work on Paul’s prized ivory tiles in the living room.
Watch it here.