The two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are set to make a rare reunion for the 56th annual Grammy awards. The is is also the year that the pair will receive the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award, marking the 50th Anniversary of The Beatles’ first performance in America.
Having touched down on American soil for the first time on the 7th Feb 1964, The Beatles played their first live US gig 2 days later to a record busting 73million people on the Ed Sullivan show.
The Macca/Ringo performance will provide the most fitting warm-up possible for the special Beatles tribute show organized by the Recording Academy on the night after the Grammys. The tribute show will air on the 9th Feb, exactly 50 years since America first experienced the Fab Four.
The two surviving Beatles rarely perform together, with their last performance being at the 2009 “Change Begins Within” transcendental meditation benefit concert organised by filmmaker David Lynch. They duetted on Beatles song With a Little Help From My Friends before Starr took to the drums for the obscure McCartney 1993 solo gem Cosmically Conscious and rounding it off with an all star rendition of I Saw Her Standing There. You can see the video of the performance at the end of the post.
While not strictly a reunion, the pair have performed together since when McCartney made an unannounced appearance at the very end of Ringo’s 70th birthday concert in New York City in 2010 to perform a rocked up version of The Beatles’ Birthday, taking his bandmate completely by surprise.
The 56th annual Grammy awards will air live on CBS from the Staples Center on Sunday, January 26th. You can also visit the official Grammy website here.