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The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute
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11 February 2014
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fabfouremily said
I haven't actaully seen it yet, but someone mentioned that he looked bored...

 

Did you catch this?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....Ukm78l9xoI

 

The Flaming Lips performing 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' on Letterman last week with Sean Lennon.  Would've much preferred to see Julian perform the song that he inspired his Father to create, especially after this performance which I think is rather cheesy.  Sean looks like he's having fun though...:-)

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Billy Rhythm said

fabfouremily said
I haven't actaully seen it yet, but someone mentioned that he looked bored...

 

Did you catch this?

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....Ukm78l9xoI

 

The Flaming Lips performing 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' on Letterman last week with Sean Lennon.  Would've much preferred to see Julian perform the song that he inspired his Father to create, especially after this performance which I think is rather cheesy.  Sean looks like he's having fun though...:-)

I saw that last week...brutal. I don't like the Lips at all anyway but this version was lousy. No reason for Sean to be there other than the fact that he's John's son, too...added nothing to the song and had NOTHING to do with its creation (his brother on the other hand...)

 

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Speaking of Beatles 50th anniversary week performances on Letterman, Lenny Kravitz's "Get Back" was my favorite (I also love that the drummer had tea towels draped over his drum heads a la Ringo).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v.....jTW6ZXdCkM

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Billy Rhythm said
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...:-)  

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