Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited on stage last night at a recording of The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles.
The show was recorded last night (January 27), one day after this year’s Grammy Awards, and will be aired on February 9, exactly 50 years after the Beatles made their US television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Dave Grohl, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry and Ed Sheeran were among the artists who performed live on the night at the Staples Center in Los Angeles with ABC News reporting that Tom Hanks, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Eric Idle, Johnny Depp, Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon were in attendance.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart reformed Eurythmics to perform their version of ‘The Fool On The Hill’ while Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne covered ‘Hey Bulldog’. Other performances saw Katy Perry do ‘Yesterday’ and Pharrell Williams team up with Brad Paisley on ‘Here Comes The Sun’. A full running order for the tribute can be seen below.
However, it was the last two remaining members of The Beatles who closed the show with Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney appearing together to perform ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’. Both stars performed small solo sets before their reunion and were later joined by the ensemble of performers for a celebratory version of ‘Hey Jude’.
“We were in a band. It’s called The Beatles,” Starr said towards the end of the show. “And if we play, John and George are always with us. It’s always John, Paul, George and Ringo.”
The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to The Beatles running order was:
Maroon 5 – ‘All My Loving’/’Ticket to Ride’
John Mayer and Keith Urban – ‘Don’t Let Me Down’
Ed Sheeran – ‘In My Life’
Alicia Keys and John Legend – ‘Let It Be’
Imagine Dragons – ‘Revolution’
Katy Perry – ‘Yesterday’
Eurythmics – ‘The Fool On The Hill’
Pharrell Williams and Brad Paisley – ‘Here Comes The Sun’
Dave Grohl and Jeff Lynne – ‘Hey Bulldog’
Joe Walsh and Jeff Lynne – ‘Something’
Gary Clark Jr., Walsh and Grohl – ‘While My Guitar Gently Weeps’
Stevie Wonder – ‘We Can Work It Out’
Ringo Starr – ‘Matchbox,’ ‘Boys,’ ‘Yellow Submarine’
Paul McCartney – ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ ‘Birthday,’ ‘Get Back,’ ‘I Saw Her Standing There,’ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
McCartney and Starr – ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’
McCartney, Starr and ensemble – ‘Hey Jude’