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The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute
10 February 2014
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InTheEnd said

Sky999 said
There were parts I didn't like: Imagine Dragons and Katy Perry. Katy sounded a bit airy/breathy, which kind of popular for a lot of artist now a days.

I was kind of dreading Katy Perry, even though I do like a lot of her music.  I just didn't know if her style would suit a Beatles song, but I thought she did a beautiful job considering how different her style of music is to The Beatles.

I do normally enjoy her music, just not this performance. 

10 February 2014
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I thought it was TOTALLY FAB!!!  What a ride!!

So much Beatles love!!!  

I really enjoyed almost all of the performances too.  Even bands/artists that I don't really care for did a really good job, like Maroon 5 and John Mayer.  The highlight for the tributes was definitely John Legend and Alicia Keys doing "Let It Be".  Beautiful.

The one performance that I really did not like was Katy Perry doing "Yesterday".  In my opinion she kinda butchered it blue-meanie but the rest of the show made up for it 1000x over!  a-hard-days-night-john-6

Dave Grohl with his daughter that loves the Beatles was the cutest thing ever.

I was very pleased with the songs that Paul and Ringo chose, especially "Sgt Peppper" and "Boys"!  

Yoko's dancing is just…   wow.  Good for her!  yoko-ono_01

All in all a "Really good show!"  

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10 February 2014
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I forgot to mention that I think Nancy looked stunning tonight!  Loved the dress!

"Please don't bring your banjo back, I know where it's been..  I wasn't hardly gone a day, when it became the scene..  Banjos!  Banjos!  All the time, I can't forget that tune..  and if I ever see another banjo, I'm going out and buy a big balloon!"

 

10 February 2014
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I found a British pub at which to watch it with other Beatlemaniacs. I loved every minute of it. I don't think there was a single bad performance, and some were stunning. Favorite non-Paul/Ringo performances were Katy Perry, Alicia Keys/John Legend and Eurythmics. I was glad Dave Grohl chose a song that most casual fans probably aren't familiar with. Ringo was fun and Paul in great voice. And I enjoyed the interviews with Letterman.

Overall, exceeded my expectations. Also, I caught one of my friends in the audience - the woman who won the contest to see Paul at the iheartradio festival!

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10 February 2014
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Completely exceeded my expectations as well...I usually hate any and all Beatles covers but I thought they were all good versions last night, and some were great (Something, Hey Bulldog, Let it Be, While My Guitar Gently Weeps were highlights for me). EXCELLENT house band when you've got Peter Frampton and Steve Lukather on guitar! Ringo's set was a blast and Paul sounded fantastic. Eric Idle's bio sketches were really nice and it was nice to see some Rutles humor thrown in there (any true Beatles fan needs to watch All You Need is Cash, and many times at that!).  Overall, a fantastic job...I didn't think CBS had it in them but they succeeded in spades.

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10 February 2014
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DrBeatle said
Completely exceeded my expectations as well...I usually hate any and all Beatles covers but I thought they were all good versions last night, and some were great (Something, Hey Bulldog, Let it Be, While My Guitar Gently Weeps were highlights for me). EXCELLENT house band when you've got Peter Frampton and Steve Lukather on guitar! Ringo's set was a blast and Paul sounded fantastic. Eric Idle's bio sketches were really nice and it was nice to see some Rutles humor thrown in there (any true Beatles fan needs to watch All You Need is Cash, and many times at that!).  Overall, a fantastic job...I didn't think CBS had it in them but they succeeded in spades.

I agree. I hate Beatles' covers too but was impressed by most of them, particularly Hey Bulldog because that is such an underrated rocker! However, like some others I hated Katy Perry's rendition which I feel, as an old guy, today's singers can't sing. I flippin' hate when they have to do that 'yodel' when they sing (Agilera, Beyonce, etc.). Give me Ronstadt, Carpenter anytime.

But I digress.

Anyway, glad to see Paul and Ringo rockin out and looking good.

 

10 February 2014
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On KROQ this morning, they're complaining about Yoko pulling focus with her weird dancing. That was probably the only low point for me, but luckily they didn't show her too much.

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10 February 2014
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parlance said
On KROQ this morning, they're complaining about Yoko pulling focus with her weird dancing. That was probably the only low point for me, but luckily they didn't show her too much.

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Yeah they showed her dancing more on the Grammy's. 

10 February 2014
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From The Beatles Photo Blog. Apparently, Kyoko was in the audience:

 

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10 February 2014
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I've just got home from school, looking forward to watch the full show, so now I'm a little disappointed that there are no clips from the show (except from Dave Ghrol and Eurythmics) Having searched google there are other clips but theses seem for USA only (dhani harrison and Paul). 

Will CBS put the full show on their website similar to BBC Iplayer in the UK, or broadcast on a UK channel.

Also If anyone finds more clips please post them on this thread as this would be much appreciated. 

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10 February 2014
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megopop09 said

Also If anyone finds more clips please post them on this thread as this would be much appreciated. 

You might have luck searching dailymotion.com. For whatever reason, stuff that YouTube takes down tends to stay up there.

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10 February 2014
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parlance said

megopop09 said
Also If anyone finds more clips please post them on this thread as this would be much appreciated. 

You might have luck searching dailymotion.com. For whatever reason, stuff that YouTube takes down tends to stay up there.

parlance

Thanks I've found some clips

http://www.gossipcop.com/paul-.....h-youtube/

This is Hey Jude. At then end of the video there are links to other performances

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10 February 2014
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10 February 2014
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I thought many of the covers were nice.  Hey Bulldog and, Grohl in general, was a highlight. The performance of In My Life was pretty cool too. 

Joe Walsh is a talented guitarist. He should not sing. 

Overall, I preferred the covers to McCartney (and Ringo) pulling out the same old songs, over and over. I love I Saw Her... and Hey Jude, but, it is a yawn to watch them play them now, as old men. It makes me sad.  I wish John and George could see this. (Though knowing how cantankerous the two of them could be, they might hate it.)  Would it have killed Paul and Ringo to do a John and George song?  Overall, I was bored... and even more so when Paul / Ringo came on stage.  And Paul's voice is really, well, sad to me.  

I am truly ambivalent to this kind of stuff. But, alas, one has to figure this is the *last* time this kind of hoopla will be made about the Beatles.  So, that was nice.  

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10 February 2014
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Mincer Ray said

I am truly ambivalent to this kind of stuff. But, alas, one has to figure this is the *last* time this kind of hoopla will be made about the Beatles.  So, that was nice.  

So, who's ready for the 75th anniversaries?! j/k

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10 February 2014
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I kinda have mixed feelings from watching the show.  First up, I didn't bother with the various artists doing their tributes, although I wished that I had of for I forgot all about Dhani Harrison, I first started watching during Ringo's riveting (as always) performance of 'Boys' so I guess I missed 'Matchbox' or something.  Ringo looked and sounded great, not only does he continue to show the excitement and exhuberance of a man half his age but his voice still sounds as good as it did on 1973's 'Ringo' album.  Paul, on the other hand, doesn't sound so much like Paul anymore I'm afraid to say and I'm having a harder time stomaching listening his voice these days which appears to be deteriorating rapidly, it's not too bad on the mellower ballads but he really should stop trying to belt out 'Birthday' at his age, there was a thread the other day where a few of you laid into the tribute bands but most of them sound a helluva lot better than Paul did last night, I'm sorry.  Paul gets away with it because he's Sir Paul and he usually has a band covering for him, but even the others sounded a bit off last night or like their best performances were long behind them as well.

 

That's not to say that the night wasn't full of nice moments, but if it weren't for the star studded audience strutting their stuff, I'd have to think that the reviews wouldn't have been that great for the spotlight would then be shone on the subpar performances.  Paul's set was salvaged eventually at the end with 'Hey Jude' which always seems to succeed, and seeing (I wish I could've heard him too) Ringo drumming again on the song was the highlight of the show for me, Ringo looked like he was into that one and probably would've sounded great had the soundman not preferred Abe's drums for the mix.  Paul made a comment about feeling uneasy about doing the show while onstage, something about "doing a tribute to himself" which was almost what it really felt like to me, someone doing a tribute of someone else other than him and it showed.  The previous Paul/Ringo reunions had a brilliance to them that this one lacked, perhaps because none of the others were as hyped as this one to be fair.  Just compare last night's version of 'With A Little Help From My Friends' to the last time they played it together (2009 I believe) and the Grammy rendition sounds like a bad take by comparison, not Ringo's "Johnny-One-Note" vocals, but the band is all over the place, maybe too much celebrating before the show?

 

The one thing that kept going through my mind while watching this was that this could very possibly be the last time that we see them onstage together ever again, and although that prospect saddened me before switching on the show, it now feels like absolutely the right thing to do after seeing it, there's a "Las Vegas-style" washed up kinda feeling creeping over the musicianship.  The 'Hey Jude' finale was pretty good and they should leave it at that, nice images of Paul & Ringo playing together for ole times sake and leave the tributes for the tribute acts for they're much better at it than they are at this stage in their lives...:-)  

10 February 2014
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Also, hey Ringo: STOP DRUMMING WITH SOMEONE ELSE.  DRUM ALONE.  The two drummer thing always sounds like poo.  

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10 February 2014
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I forgot to mention I loved Ringo's outfit during the interview with Letterman. Paul was seen as the style maven in the 60s, but overall, Ringo's been the most consistently best-dressed.

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10 February 2014
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We've still got Paul and Ringo reunited live on stage with John and George (via holograms and aged to match) to come for Pepper's 50th in May 2017. Woo hoo!

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10 February 2014
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A "by the way" on this topic:  The American late night talk show host David Letterman started his career in late night TV in 1982 on the NBC network.  As some of you may know, way back in 1993, he quit the NBC network when it failed to pass the Johnny Carson baton to him (instead giving it to Jay Leno), and he moved from Los Angeles to New York City and joined the CBS network.

Where am I going with this?  Have patience, grasshopper...

"The new [David Letterman] show debuted on August 30, 1993 and was taped at the historic Ed Sullivan Theater, where Ed Sullivan broadcast his eponymous variety series from 1948 to 1971."

Letterman has held that show, in that famous venue, since 1993 right into our present (and he shows no signs of retiring any time soon).

Over the years, I remember the oddity of Letterman never having Paul McCartney on his show -- when Jay Leno had Paul at least two times.  This oddity became even more acute when in 2004, the 40th anniversary of the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan show came around.  While Letterman's show mentioned that anniversary several times, I found it odd that Paul would not appear on the show.  Only years later, in 2009, did Paul finally appear on the show.

At least for the 50th, Paul and Ringo did tape a little "chat" with David on the famous stage (though apparently no audience is there):

http://www.deadline.com/2014/02/the-beatles-50th-ed-sullivan-david-lettermann-video/

 

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