The Beatles perform on "The Ed Sullivan Show": Paul McCartney, George Harrison, John Lennon and Ringo Starr (l-r) (AP Photo)
(CBS NEWS) -- On Sunday, Feb. 9, it
will have been 50 years to the date that the Beatles stepped foot inside the Ed
Sullivan Theater in New York. It marked John, Paul, George and Ringo's first
American TV appearance. Some 74 million people tuned in. And music would never be the same.
The Fab Four's 1964 historic performance on CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show" will be
celebrated this weekend with a live symposium, tribute concerts and even an
interview and performance by surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
Kicking off the
festivities will be "50 Years: The Beatles," a live multimedia event
taking place at the Ed Sullivan Theater from 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET that will be streamed at CBSNews.com and CBSNewYork.com/50YearsLater.
Hosted by Anthony
Mason, CBS News senior business correspondent and anchor of "CBS This Morning: Saturday," the one-time-only symposium will examine the lasting
cultural and musical impact the Beatles have had -- with the help of several
high-profile music and cultural experts whose work has been influenced the band out of Liverpool, England.
The panelists include:
Nile Rodgers, a
guitarist, producer and composer, multi-Grammy Award winner and the co-founder
of the hit-making disco and R&B group Chic. He is considered one of the
most influential producers of his time and has produced hits for Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Michael
Jackson. Most recently, Rodgers earned three Grammys for his work with the
electronic group, Daft Punk.
Tad Kubler is the lead
guitarist and co-writer of the Brooklyn-based alternative rock band the Hold
Steady. The group has been influenced by the work of the Beatles and has gained
critical praise for its real and raw songwriting that has drawn comparisons to
John Oates of the
hit-making duo of Hall & Oates. Hall & Oates has been recognized
with American Music Awards and MTV VMAs, along with multiple Grammy
nominations. In 2005, the duo was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of
Fame. Oates also has a career as solo artist.
Python" collaborator Neil Innes co-created and performed all of the
songs for the Beatles spoof, "The Rutles."
Pattie Boyd, a
photographer and model who was married to George Harrison and the inspiration
for his song "Something."
Andrew Loog Oldham,
who managed the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967 and before that was the
publicity assistant to the Beatles' manager; guitarist, songwriter.
Record producer Mick
Jones, who founded the rock band Foreigner and played the same Paris concert
hall as the Beatles 50 years ago.
Director Julie Taymor, whose
Oscar-nominated film "Across the Universe" is a '60s-era love
story powered by more than 30 Beatles songs.
The event, presented
by "Motown: The Musical," will also include an art gallery and
exhibit of Beatles memorabilia displayed inside the Ed Sullivan Theater.
CBS will unveil a marquee duplicating the one displayed at the venue
the night the Beatles first performed there.
Then starting at 8
p.m. ET, CBS will air "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," a two-hour TV special featuring current top artists covering the songs performed by the
Beatles on that historic night and through the years, as well as footage from
that landmark Sunday evening.
The show, which taped earlier this month, will
include performances by Stevie Wonder, Katy Perry, Imagine Dragons,
Gary Clark Jr., John Legend, Pharrell Williams, LL Cool, Annie Lennox
and Dave Stewart as the Eurythmics, Alicia Keys, Walsh, Jeff Lynne, John
Mayer, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Ed Sheeran, performers from the
Cirque du Soleil Las Vegas Beatles show "Love" and George Harrison's
son, Dhani Harrison.
Johnny Depp, Sean Penn, Jeff Bridges, Kate
Beckinsale and Anna Kendrick are among the celebrities who will be on
hand to introduce the performers.
only will McCartney and Starr perform on the special, but they will
also be interviewed by David Letterman. The late-night host sat down
with the former Beatles earlier this month at the Ed Sullivan Theater
for the taping.
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