Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed together on stage at the 2014 Grammy Awards Sunday evening, marking a “sort-of” reunion for The Beatles. To call it a full fledged reunion would be a huge overstatement, given Ringo’s answer to one of Ryan Seacrest’s questions.
On the Grammy Awards red carpet prior to the show, Seacrest ask The Beatles drummer when the last time was he had performed with Paul McCartney–expecting to hear something like “decades ago.” Instead, Ringo sort of floored everyone.
“Last week,” he said. In truth the two are close friends and get together frequently to jam and even perform on stage at special events.
The two men looked dapper on the red carpet, as well as backstage before the show. Both in their 70s, it’s hard to believe they first performed together in the United States almost exactly 50 years ago.
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Regardless of what went on behind the scenes it was rather monumental for diehard Beatles fans to see McCartney and Starr together on stage, all the while knowing Yoko Ono (John Lennon’s widow) and Olivia Harrison (George Harrison’s widow) were in the audience witnessing the live event. It was–on some level–a chill inducing moment. Of course it would have been even better had Paul and Ringo performed something from Beatles history, but they (he, actually–not “they”) did one of McCartney’s new songs called Queenie Eye.
The Beatles were awarded an incredibly overdue Lifetime Achievement award at a pre-telecast segment of The Grammy Awards.
Beatles fans hoped and prayed for a bona fide reunion of the fab four following their split back in 1970. That dream, however, was shattered in 1980 with the murder of John Lennon. George Harrison passed away in 2001 of cancer.
CBS will air a special called The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles on February 9th–a tribute to their first U.S. appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
What was your reaction to seeing Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr on stage together at the 2014 Grammy Awards on Sunday?
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