Stevie Wonder dedicates Glastonbury set to Jackson

Sun Jun 27, 2010 7:28pm EDT
 
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By Mike Collett-White

PILTON, England (Reuters) - Motown legend Stevie Wonder closed the Glastonbury music festival on Sunday with a set that spanned his long and successful career, delighting a huge crowd of some 100,000 cheering revelers.

The 60-year-old dedicated his performance to Michael Jackson, who died almost exactly a year ago, and Wonder performed a moving harmonica version of the late King of Pop's "Human Nature."

He also performed hits including "Superstition" and his own take on Beatles classic "We Can Work it Out."

The artist invited Glastonbury founder Michael Eavis up on to the stage and sang his famous track "Happy Birthday" to celebrate the festival's 40th year.

It was a high point on which to close an event which this year basked in glorious sunshine for four days, and Wonder's musical prowess and interaction with the fans helped ease the pain of England's loss to Germany at the soccer World Cup.

Earlier in the day tens of thousands of people crowded around giant screens erected for the big match, only to see their team crash out 4-1.

Summing up the ebullient spirit among Glastonbury-goers, John Hutcheon refused to allow the loss to mar the music.

"There is definitely more to life than football," said the 24-year-old from Hull.   Continued...

 
<p>U.S. singer Stevie Wonder performs at the Glastonbury Festival 2010 in southwest England June 27, 2010. Glastonbury, one of the largest open-air music festivals, celebrates its 40th anniversary this year. REUTERS/Luke MacGregor</p>