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Paul McCartney carries the weight at Bonnaroo

Sunday - 6/16/2013, 1:18am  ET

Paul McCartney performs on Day 2 of the 2013 Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival on Friday, June 14, 2013 in Manchester, Tenn. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP)

CHRIS TALBOTT
AP Music Writer

MANCHESTER, Tennessee (AP) -- Even a former Beatle needs a moment standing on the main stage at Bonnaroo.

A few songs into his transcendent first set at the massive Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, Paul McCartney wrapped his arms around his signature Hofner bass and surveyed a crowd of 80,000 adoring fans.

"Hey, listen, I'm going to take a moment just to drink all this in for myself," McCartney said.

McCartney is one of the world's most recognizable musicians and showed why as he led a massive 2
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