February marks the 50th anniversary of American Beatlemania, and the Fab Two, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, are reportedly contemplating a celebratory performance on The Late Show With David Letterman. According to Showbiz 411, the surviving Beatles might join forces during the late night program’s week-long tribute to the band — possibly on February 7th.
CBS is honoring The Beatles (and their debut performance on The Ed Sullivan Show) in a major way: Along with the rumored Letterman reunion, the network is planning a special about the historic Sullivan broadcast, which is set to air on February 9th, the air date of the original performance. A Grammy special featuring both McCartney and Starr is also set to air on the same night.
And it wouldn’t be proper nostalgia without something to sell! The band’s upcoming box set, which collects all of their original U.S. LPs, will be released on January 21st.
So…what should Paul and Ringo perform? And since we’re already in this line of thinking, if they were to play a fantasy Beatles set, who would you pick to replace John and George? (I think Jeff Lynne is kind of a given, and Clapton is a pretty logical choice.)
Here’s Paul and Ringo playing “With a Little Help From My Friends” together in 2009: