Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr were the stars of last night’s taping of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles” — but they had plenty of help from their friends.
Besides the two Beatles. The two-hour show will feature over 25 Beatles songs, performed by more than a dozen solo artists, three bands and The Beatles themselves via archival footage from “The Ed Sullivan Show”. Plus, over a half dozen stars of Hollywood and TV provide introductions, including Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Johnny Depp, Anna Kendrick, Kate Beckinsale, Eric Idle and LL Cool J.
But of course, The Beatles are front and center. Paul and Ringo play nearly a dozen songs — though only two together — while each of the four bandmembers receive a videotaped profile.
On the red carpet, Annie Lennox said that even though she and Dave Stewart hadn’t performed together as Eurythmics in nine years, this was just too good an opportunity to pass up.
For the second night in a row, country singer and guitarist Keith Urban performed with a hotshot guitarist from outside his genre. Having just played “The Grammy Awards” with Gary Clark Junior, tonight he was teamed with John Mayer.
Another country singer and guitarist, Brad Paisley, was paired with pop and hip-hop artist Pharrell Williams. He was asked if the pairing made sense to him.
Here’s the list of performances you’ll be seeing when the show airs on February 9th on CBS, on the same network and exactly 50 years from the date and time slot that The Beatles first appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show”:
“All My Loving” – The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
“All My Loving” – Maroon 5
“Ticket to Ride” – Maroon 5
“Don’t Let Me Down” – John Mayer and Keith Urban
“In My Life” – Ed Sheeran
“She Loves You” – The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
“Revolution” – Imagine Dragons
“We Can Work It Out” – Stevie Wonder
“Let It Be” – Alicia Keys and John Legend
“Yesterday” – Katy Perry
“The Fool on the Hill” – Eurythmics
“Hey Bulldog” – Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne
“Here Comes the Sun” – Pharrell Williams, Brad Paisley and Cirque du Soleil “Love” cast
“I Wanna Hold Your Hand” – The Beatles on “The Ed Sullivan Show”
“Something” – Jeff Lynne and Joe Walsh
“While My Guitar Gently Weeps” – Gary Clark, Jr., Joe Walsh, Dave Grohl
“Matchbox” – Ringo Starr
“Boys” – Ringo Starr
“Yellow Submarine” – Ringo Starr
“Magical Mystery Tour” – Paul McCartney
“I Saw Her Standing There” – Paul McCartney
“Blackbird” – Paul McCartney
“Get Back” – Paul McCartney
“Birthday” – Paul McCartney
“Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” – Paul McCartney
“With a Little Help from My Friends” – Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney
“Hey Jude” – Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, entire ensemble and Cirque du Soleil “Love” cast