TV producers are allegedly trying to convince the Beatles stars to join forces for an on-air performance on 7 February
50 years after an appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show kicked-off American Beatlemania, executives at the Late Show With David Letterman are working to recapture the magic in the very same room. According to a report by Showbiz411, Letterman's network, CBS, is making every effort to entice the surviving Beatles into an on-air performance on 7 February.
CBS are already collaborating with Starr and McCartney for a tribute to the band in Los Angeles on 9 February. That show, titled The Night That Changed America, will feature performances of Beatles songs by Alicia Keys, John Legend, Maroon 5 and the reunited Eurythmics. "That first television appearance by the Beatles on The Ed Sullivan Show is historic," executive producer Ken Ehrlich said in a press release. Although Starr and McCartney are expected to attend the concert in LA, there is no indication that they will be taking the stage.
Back in Manhattan, the Letterman show has allegedly proposed to dedicate an entire week to the Beatles. While 3-6 February would host other figures related to the band, such as Dhani Harrison or Julian Lennon, Showbiz411 claims that McCartney and Starr would "probably" play on Friday, 7 February. That night falls exactly one half-century after the Beatles first landed in America.
For the moment, neither Beatle has expressed a desire to perform together. The pair last reunited on stage in 2009, at a benefit for the David Lynch Foundation. "We are good friends," Starr told the Daily Mail in 2011. "We don't live in each other's pockets, but if we're in the same country, we get together ... We're the only two who've experienced all this who are still here."
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