Saturday, April 13, 2024

Beatles 50th Anniversary Show On CBS Will Run At Its Full Length After All


Sunday’s “Night that Changed America” salute to the Beatles on CBS will run its entire length after all. Originally the show was booked for three hours to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the group’s arrival in the U.S. and appearance on “Ed Sullivan.”

Then there was some kind of skirmish with the network. They only wanted two hours. Some people were dropped from the show. I know a couple of names, but what the heck. It’s not important now.

On January 27th, the show was taped at two and a half hours anyway. I wrote about it–here’s the link.

It was a dazzling experience with one bump in the road: Katy Perry’s rendition of “Yesterday” was kind of flat. We’ll see if they fixed it in the mix.

Now CBS is running the show as it was taped. An episode of “The Millers” will play at 10:30pm. But the full show is actually must-see TV. Here’s the list of performers and songs. You should see a lot of cutaways featuring Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson dancing around with Yoko, Sean, Ringo, Paul, Olivia, Dhani, et al:

More on this later…

Maroon 5                                                         “All My Loving”

                                                                        “Ticket To Ride”

John Mayer & Keith Urban:                            “Don’t Let Me Down”

Ed Sheeran:                                                     “In My Life”

Imagine Dragons:                                             “Revolution”

Stevie Wonder:                                                            “We Can Work It Out”

Alicia Keys & John Legend:                            “Let It Be”

Katy Perry:                                                      “Yesterday”

Eurythmics:                                                     “The Fool On The Hill”

Dave Grohl & Jeff Lynne:                               “Hey Bulldog”

Brad Paisley & Pharrell Williams

w/The Beatles LOVE by Cirque du Soleil:       “Here Comes The Sun”

Jeff Lynne & Joe Walsh:                                 “Something”

Gary Clark Jr., Dave Grohl & Joe Walsh:                    “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”

Ringo Starr:                                                      “Matchbox,” “Boys,” “Yellow Submarine”

Paul McCartney:                                              “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Get Back,” “Birthday”

Paul, Ringo, All-Star Finale:                                                 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” “Hey Jude.”

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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