Sting To Salute The Beatles Tonight On 'The Late Show With David Letterman'
This week is "Beatles Week" on CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman. Monday night's (February 3rd) telecast featured the Broken Bells performing the A Hard Day's Night classic "And I Love Her," with tonight's show (February 4th) featuring Sting tackling "Drive My Car." On Wednesday, Sean Lennon will team up with Flaming Lips to perform "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" -- a song Sean's older brother Julian inspired with a drawing he brought home from school back in 1967.
Thursday night finds Lenny Kravitz serving as musical guest on a yet-to-be named number, with the final performer set for February 7th still unannounced. Billboard reported that David Letterman -- whose show is filmed at The Ed Sullivan Theater, where the "Fab Four" first performed on February 7th, 1964 -- interviewed Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr for Sunday night's CBS special The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles -- which airs on February 9th at 8 p.m. -- 50 years to the date and hour that group first appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Paul McCartney is the first to share the credit of the 1960's artistic renaissance with the many others at the forefront of the changing times: "We changed a lot. I don't think we did it. I think we were spokesmen for a lot of people. People used to say, 'What about the haircut, and stuff? Oh, you invented that!' We said, 'No, no, there was this bloke called Jurgen (Vollmer).' There was always someone who turned us on, and followed it and thought, this is a really good idea, we'll bring that into the mainstream. But we weren't necessarily the inventors of it all. I mean, there were millions of art students and students coming up when we came up who were as bright as we were, what. . . it showed! In the fashion industry, and in plays, in literature, and book writing. It was a generation, and I think it was the war thing -- the baby boom thing. But yeah, without the Beatles, it would've been a very different world, I think."