Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr have made history after reuniting on stage for one of the first time in decades to celebrate 50 years since The Beatles shot to global stardom with a special tribute concert which aired on US TV yesterday.
The iconic duo rocked out on stage in front of an intimate audience at New York’s legendary Ed Sullivan Theatre, where the British band gave their first ever US performance five decades ago, during a concert which was taped the day after the 2014 Grammys last month.
Titled ‘The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,’ Sir Paul and Ringo, the only two surviving members of the band, treated fans to a number of performances of their classic hits such as ‘With a Little Help From My Friends’ and ‘Hey Jude’ as John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono and their son watched on.
Speaking to David Letterman who hosted the event, drummer Ringo said: “I’m so excited coming back… I’ve been back hundreds doing the shows with you… But now I’m here, I’m looking out the window… We’re back on this stage again. The memory I have was it was four times bigger (back then) – we thought there was (sic) thousands of them (audience members).”
Sir Paul also compared it to a school reunion, chiming in: “It’s like going back to your old school isn’t it…? It looks little now but we thought it was huge.”
The gig comes after Sir Paul and Ringo accepted the prestigious Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement award at this year’s Grammys where they also performed a rendition of McCartney’s much-loved track ‘Queenie Eye’ at the annual bash, that took place at the Staples Centre.
While the performance was a highlight in itself, it also seemed to spell the end of an ongoing feud between Yoko Ono, the widow of the band’s late singer John Lennon, and the surviving members as she was seen getting up on her feet and dancing along as Sir Paul and Ringo rocked the stage.
After their set, Sir Paul made a gesture of goodwill by heading over to greet Yoko and embracing her hands before bowing to a standing ovation, finally brushing aside their perceived rift.