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If you were alive on this planet on February 9 at 8 p.m. 50 years ago, and could even crawl to a television set, you were probably watching this.
LOS ANGELES — Nothing in pop culture has matched the pure adrenaline rush and seismic jolt of The Beatles’ arrival on U.S. shores nearly 50 years ago.
In marking that watershed moment, famous admirers gathered Monday night to celebrate the band and its songbook during an all-star salute taped at the Los Angeles Convention Center.
And nothing they served up matched the sheer thrill of seeing and hearing the two surviving Beatles rekindle their magical heyday.
Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr closed their own tribute show, first in short separate sets, then in a joyous collaboration. The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles will air Feb. 9 (CBS, 8 p.m. ET/PT), exactly 50 years after the band’s debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, an appearance that drew a record-setting 73 million viewers.
The two-hour special won’t draw those numbers — not even the Super Bowl can — but there’s plenty here to pull in Beatles fans and music junkies. [more]
Some mixed emotions here. Personally I wish the Grammy committee had gone with the Beatles themselves. No, even though John and Paul stopped feuding years ago we can’t hope for a reunion, but we can still enjoy the ‘Fab Four’ on miles of performance and interview footage.
There is an enormous Beatle archive out there and it would have been good to see a 1963-64 retrospective with, say, George Martin, Paul and Ringo and some of the people who remain from that first year.
Somehow Keith Urban and John Mayer singing John Lennon’s “Don’t Let Me Down” doesn’t give me the Obama tingle.
Here’s a performance from the Concert For George a few years ago that I think came off particularly well. Eric Clapton reprises his original guitar lead on, ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps,’ with Sir Paul playing the powerful piano intro.
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