Will Paul McCartney & Ringo Rock The Grammy's - Together???
Fans are buzzing as to whether Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will join forces on tomorrow night (January 26th) for the live Grammy telecast. Both former-Beatles are billed to perform on the show separately, and the next night (January 27th) join forces for the taping of CBS' The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles, which will air on February 9th -- 50 years to the day of the Beatles' first Ed Sullivan Show appearance. In addition to McCartney and Ringo's performances, John Lennon and George Harrison's respective widows, Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, will appear as Grammy presenters. On behalf of the "Fab Four," McCartney, Ringo, Yoko, and Olivia will appear together and accept the 2014 Recording Academy Lifetime Achievement Award.
McCartney is up for four Grammys for several different projects -- including Best Rock Song for his recent collaboration with Nirvana's Dave Grohl, Krist Novoselic, and Pat Smear on the Sound City track "Cut Me Some Slack." He's also nominated for a vintage recording in the Best Boxed Or Special Limited Edition Package category for his massive 1976 Wings Over America - Deluxe Edition. "Macca" also scooped up noms for Best Music Film and Best Surround Sound Album for his Live Kisses DVD from his intimate standards performance at L.A.'s Capitol Studios.
The general buzz among fans is that he'll once again perform "Cut Me Some Slack" -- which has previously gotten live airings at 12-12-12 and on Saturday Night Live. Some insiders are saying that McCartney might employ three different bands to play a selection from all three nomiated works. Ringo is expected to tap key players from his All Starr Band to back him Grammy night.
Ringo was asked about what he remembered about the "Fab Four's" first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and told Rolling Stone, "Incredible. It was Ed Sullivan, and it was a big show, and we didn't know while we were playing that 70 million people were watching, but it was being in America that was so exciting. All the music we loved was in America; it came from America to England. Where we come from, Liverpool, it was great because it was a port, so all of the guys from New York would bring the tracks over. Vinyl in those days, the LP's, and it was just great. I could feel the buzz, even on the plane, it was so exciting. I went, Aaaaah!"
Although the world is falling over itself to salute the Beatles 50 years after their initial U.S. invasion, Paul McCartney remembers all too well McCartney recalled the band's early pre-fame days as being pretty dire and humiliating at times: "Music? Nah, we couldn't even win talent contests. We certainly weren't great talent. But eventually, we sort of got it together and decided we wouldn't do talent contests anymore. We used to keep getting beaten by this woman who played the spoons -- this old lady. 'Cause everyone was out of it 'round about half-eleven and kept voting (imitates a drunk) 'Ah, she's great!' And we'd come on -- 'Oh God, how you gonna follow that?'"
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