We tuned in to watch the first five minutes, but the program was so surprisingly good we enjoyed all two and a half hours.
To see how various contemporary performers handled their Beatles
song was always at least interesting, with some fantastic work done by Stevie Wonder
with "We Can Work It Out" (of course), Pharrell Williams
and Brad Paisley
being quite fresh with "Here Comes The Sun," Alicia Keys
and John Legend
on facing pianos singing "Let It Be," a kick-ass rendition of "Hey Bulldog" from Dave Grohl
and Jeff Lynne
, and a kid I knew almost nothing about, Ed Sheeran
, standing alone with an acoustic doing a lovely version of "In My Life." And did anyone notice the stellar house band included Kenny Aronoff
, Don Was
and Peter Frampton
The side pieces, David Letterman
touring the Ed Sullivan studio with Paul and Ringo, interviewing each, and hearing from other people who attended the show (!!) or worked on the crew was fascinating.Ringo
closed it out, and it was a kick to see Starr banging the drums and singing "Boys." McCartney, as usual, showed the magic is still there at the age of 71, with that wonderful backing band he's had since April 1, 2002 (I was at that show, too). Among others, choosing to do "Birthday," was very amusing. And how cool was it to see Ringo drumming right behind Paul as they finished the evening with "Hey Jude"?
For those who did or could not see the show, this page has some photos from the January 27 taping:The Beatles, A GRAMMY Salute 50 Years Later << CBS Bostonhttp://boston.cbslocal.com/photo-galleries/2014/02/09/the-beatles-a-grammy-salute-50-years-later/
It is highly doubtful any other rock 'n' roll band will ever receive such a U.S. network tribute, and rightfully so.
Thanks, John, Paul, George and Ringo for the music, and so much more.