Tennis legend John McEnroe surprised music fans by taking the stage with Pearl Jam for a song at BST Hyde Park on Friday night (8 July).
The seven-time Grand Slam winner is in town as part of the BBC’s coverage of Wimbledon.
Despite his busy schedule, however, he still found time to dust off his guitar and rock out with Pearl Jam.
The band played the first of two headline sets at BST Hyde Park on Friday, also joined by Pixies and Cat Power.
Pearl Jam will return to the festival tonight (July 9th).
Did John McEnroe take the stage with Pearl Jam?
The tennis legend came out to join Pearl Jam in Hyde Park as part of the band’s set.
He came for the last song of the evening.
It was a cover of Neil Young’s Rockin’ in the Free World.
Did John McEnroe play guitar with Pearl Jam?
Not only was he a passenger on stage, McEnroe came out with his guitar and joined the track.
It was the 22nd track Pearl Jam played during the concert and the last of the night.
McEnroe was filmed by attendees playing guitar with the band.
You can watch the moment he ran onto the stage here:
How did people react to John McEnroe’s performance?
Fans seem to have really enjoyed the tennis legend’s surprise appearance.
One person tweeted: “Pearl brought out John McEnroe for their last song in Hyde Park tonight. Inappropriate. (To be clear, I loved it).”
Another added: “Love that Pearl Jam just brought out John McEnroe for Rockin’ In The Free World in Hyde Park tonight, although Mac looked like he was having trouble remembering the chords and that’s why tried to write off Stone Gossard.”
One said, “Pearl Jam setlists are always a wild ride, but no one could have predicted that former 30 Rock guest star and noted tennis player John “J-Mac” McEnroe would be guest guitarist on Rockin’ In The Free World.”
Did Pearl Jam have any other guests?
John McEnroe might have been the biggest, but he wasn’t the only surprise of the evening.
Simon Townshend joined singer Eddie Vedder on stage for the start of the encore.
Together they performed a cover of Townshend’s track “I’m the Answer”.
Complete list of covers performed by Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam played many of their own tracks on the first night of their BST Hyde Park gig.
The band also performed a number of covers including:
– Rockin’ in the Free World – Neil Young
– I am the answer – Simon Townshend
– Public Image – Public Image Ltd
They also played Breath and Light Years on tour for the first time.
When is BST Hyde Park today?
Gates open at 2pm with a range of acts performing throughout the day and afternoon.
Stereophonics and Johnny Marr are the main support acts playing on the main stage ahead of Pearl Jam.
Pearl Jam is scheduled to take place around 8 p.m.