Everybody’s celebrating the fiftieth anniversary of the Beatles’ arrival in America, even us. But CBS is celebrating extra hard because they hosted the original Ed Sullivan Show broadcast that helped the Fab Four blow up stateside. Thus, the Grammys went double-Ringo, and the following night they filmed a Beatles tribute special called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles to air 2/9, 50 years to the day after the moptops rocked the Ed Sullivan show. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE! As you might recall, David Letterman’s Late Show shoots in the Ed Sullivan Theater, the very physical space where that fateful Beatlemania orgy unfolded. So Letterman is hosting a full week of Beatles tributes next week leading up to next Sunday’s big special. The performers, per Billboard:
Broken Bells, the duo of James Mercer and Danger Mouse, will perform “And I Love Her” on Feb. 3; Sting will play “Drive My Car” on Feb. 4; and Lenny Kravitz appears Feb. 5. Sean Lennon will join the Flaming Lips to perform “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Feb. 6. The lineup for Feb. 7 will be announced next week.
Although he’s already appearing on Sunday’s Grammys tribute, I’d be willing to bet Sir Paul will be in Dave’s vicinity Friday; he can’t resist this sort of thing.