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- Posted on Jun 27th 2010 8:00AM by Emily Kendrick
Almost a year to the day since Michael Jackson passed away, Wonder played a timely reminder that, although the singer is gone, his music is very much still alive.
Beginning his bill-topping set with a funky solo keytar breakdown, which saw the singer lying on the floor, he then returned to sitting behind his Hohner organ to give an extended intro to 'Master Blaster (Jammin'),' where the soul legend requested a call and response with the audience of "We love you Michael Jackson."
With a set of continuous hits, Wonder then burst into Jackson's 'Human Nature,' playing an opening verse on harmonica before duetting on the instrument with one of his male backing singers taking up the lead vocal. The crowd sang along the words to the chorus above Wonder, a trick which the singer used to his advantage for the verses of 'Living for the City' and 'Happy Birthday.'
He wasn't devoid of humour, though, getting the crowd to hush for his addition of a dialogue break to 'If You Really Love Me', in which the 60-year-old posed coyly to his female accomplice, "I think this relationship has turned into a relations---".
The set also included Motown classics 'Uptight (Everything's Alright),' 'For Once In My Life' and 'Sign, Sealed, Delivered,' which the singer delved into midway through new track 'Fingertips.'
Wonder also played his version of the Beatles 'We Can Work it Out' -- fairly fitting considering his equivalent for the Sunday night headline slot is Sir Paul McCartney. Despite the latter performing Sunday, there was no rendition of 'Ebony and Ivory' for the pair; instead the night closed on a samba percussionists' jamming.
Stevie Wonder now heads to Pilton to take to the Pyramid stage to close Glastonbury Festival 2010.