Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are reuniting for CBS special "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles". The two surviving members of the group are scheduled to return to the Ed Sullivan Theater for an interview with David Letterman when the tribute concert airs on February 9, the same day their band appeared and performed on "The Ed Sullivan Show" 50 years ago.
McCartney and Starr as well as other stars already taped the tribute concert earlier this week. They showed up at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Monday, January 27, a day after the 2014 Grammy Awards, closing the show with some musical performances.
"When I was asked to do this show, I was wondering if it was the right thing to do," McCartney said from the stage. "Was it seemly to tribute yourself? Then I saw a couple of American guys and they said, 'You don't understand the enormous impact that show (the Ed Sullivan performance) had on America.' So then I understood and I decided to show up."
He sang "Get Back", followed by "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart Club's Band" after asking the audience, "Are we going straight through?" After a performance of "I Saw Her Standing There", Starr joined him on stage, singing "With a Little Help from My Friends" together. It marked the first time the two performed together in five years.
McCartney then paid tribute to his late bandmates, John Lennon and George Harrison. "So now we have to mention that we were in a band of four people called The Beatles," he said. "And whenever we play, John and George are always with us, So tonight we're remembering our beautiful friends, John and George."
They continued with a performance of "Yellow Submarine". "This is for a special young girl in England," Starr said before inviting everyone to sing along with them. He and McCartney ended the night with a rendition of "Hey Jude".
Katy Perry, John Mayer, Keith Urban, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, John Legend, Annie Lennox, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, Pharrell Williams and Dave Grohl were some of the A-listers who got the honor to perform songs from The Beatles' catalog during the two-hour special. Tom Hanks and wife Rita Wilson, Yoko Ono, Jared Leto, Adam Levine, Amy Adams and Jane Fonda were among the audience.