Paul, Ringo, Julian Lennon, Sean Lennon, and Dhani Harrison should play a commemorative concert.
The “Ed Sullivan Show” performances introduced the Beatles to the United States and are regarded by many in this country as the beginning of the Beatles immeasurably influential career in the international arena. Moreover, the performances are often cited as being “the beginning of the ‘60s”, and, as such, they ushered in a new age in the cultural history of the United States and the world.
Coming less than three months after the assassination of President Kennedy, the performances ended a period of mourning in the United States and heralded a new birth of creativity, experimentation, self expression, and discovery. These performances were important to our country and the world and they need to be commemorated, celebrated, and given new life on the occasion of their fiftieth anniversary.
Host a concert commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Beatles at the Ed Sullivan Theater
I would like to request that the “Late Show with David Letterman” host a performance by “The Beatles” live at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City on February 9, 2014, the 50th anniversary of their historic performances on the “Ed Sullivan Show” on February 9, 1964. The Beatles could consist not only of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, but also Julian Lennon and Sean Lennon (sons of John Lennon), and Dhani Harrison (son of George Harrison).
The original performances aired on three consecutive Sundays: February 9, February 16, and February 23, 1964. The Beatles played at the Ed Sullivan Theater for a live appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show on February 9, 1964, and that same day recorded on tape the performance that was broadcast February 23, 1964. The February 16, 1964 performance was broadcast from Miami. February 9, 2014, the date of the anniversary, also falls on a Sunday.
“I Want To Hold Your Hand”, “All My Loving”, “Till There Was You”, “She Loves You”, “This Boy”, “From Me To You”, “Twist and Shout”, and “Please Please Me” were performed for the original broadcasts and could be the basis for an anniversary broadcast.
A concert celebrating the anniversary of such an important moment in our cultural history would be thrilling to millions of Americans.