MGMT to open for Paul McCartney: Is this the weirdest concert pairing...ever?

Mccartney-mgmt_l God bless the digital age. Without it, John Mayer would not be able to (musically) romance Demi Lovato and Taylor Swift on Twitter, and Paul McCartney wouldn't be able to profess his love for MGMT.

The Mayer twitter-mance with Lovato and Swift led to some onstage duets and songwriting sessions, and — as strange as it might sound — it looks like the McCartney-MGMT relationship is blossoming as well. McCartney has invited the group to open for him for two shows at Boston's Fenway Park August 5 and 6; tickets go on sale June 29.

Once you get over the initial shock of it, the announcement is…well, still pretty shocking. These are two polar-opposite artists at polar-opposite points in their careers: McCartney, living legend and rock icon, with MGMT, an upstart synth-rock band of hippies who are prone to sporting headbands and face paint. Insanity!

Then again, maybe we shouldn't be so surprised. McCartney said he was interested in working with the band earlier this month: "I'd like to work on some more dancey stuff with MGMT. But it has to happen organically. We need to talk about it. I can't call them. If they calledme, I'd say, 'How did you get my number?'. But I'd do it."

Looks like they called. And hey, why not? But what's next: Vampire Weekend opening for Bob Dylan?! What do you think of the pairing, Mixers: Totally inspired or totally nuts? What are some of the strangest headliner-opener pairings that you've seen?

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  • JKBopinion

    Musically, I find this an awesome pair! MGMT’s latest sounds like it was lifted & remastered from a late 60’s, early 70’s band. A few tunes even remind me of Sgt. Peppers.

  • DC

    Gutted I wont be at this concert. Going to the NYC and DC ones before but missing this one. I love MGMT and would be brilliant to see them support Macca, dont know how some of his other fans will take it though.

  • AT

    it kind of sounds like a weird match up stylistically but both are great song writers and in that respect it makes a lot of sense

  • Jake

    Passing of the torch

  • clay baldwin

    Weird? that is an amazing lineup and it really makes sense on so many levels. McCartney’s masterpiece sgt. peppers is the psychedelic anthem of the 60s and beyond. MGMT represents the psychedelic troubadours of the 21st century, much as the beatles were ever since Rubber Soul. My 2 cents. Peace.

  • Andrew

    It’s an awesome pairing. I wish I found out about this earlier, I’d have loved to go. D:

    They’re both pretty psychedelic. I just hope that this means he’ll release Carnival of Light faster. xD

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