PAUL, RINGO CHAT WITH LETTERMAN AT ED SULLIVAN THEATER
Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr sat with late-night host David Letterman for an interview taped on Tuesday at the Ed Sullivan Theater, site of the Fab Four’s triumphant introduction to America on February 9, 1964. The conversation will be featured in the special television event The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, airing on CBS this Sunday at 8p, exactly 50 years to the day, date and time the Beatles made their debut on The Ed Sullivan Show. In more news tied to the 50th anniversary of the Beatles first visit to America, tomorrow at 11:30a Eastern the New York Port Authority will unveil a historic marker at John F. Kennedy Airport’s Central Terminal Area, 50 years to the day the Fab Four landed at JFK.
BONO POINTS TO PUNK, EDM AS GUIDE POSTS FOR UPCOMING ALBUM
In a recent interview with BBC Radio 1, U2 frontman Bono talked about the sounds that inspired the band’s upcoming album and recently debuted song “Invisible.” The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame singer said, “We listened to all this extraordinary music in the late ‘70s and started to think about those times and the things that made us who we are. We went back to why we wanted to be in a band in the first place. Punk rock and electronic music is when it started for us. We were listening to the Ramones and Kraftwerk and you can hear both of those things on ‘Invisible.’”
SIMMONS SCOLDS “STUPID” ROCK STARS WHO ABUSE THEIR BODIES
In a recent interview, Kiss singer/bassist Gene Simmons again railed at rockers who drink too much and take drugs. The soon-to-be Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee said, “There is a smart rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle and a stupid rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle. But in the end the coolest rock stars are all dead. Jimi Hendrix is dead, Jim Morrison is dead, Kurt Cobain is dead… I am clever and I’ll survive because I live a smart rock ‘n’ roll life. I’ve never done drugs and it’s a personal choice… You should get the best from your life, without giving up any part of it.”
LETTERMAN LISTS ACTS SET FOR BEATLES WEEK ON THE LATE SHOW
CBS’ The Late Show with David Letterman will celebrate the impending 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first performance on The Ed Sullivan Show with a week-long series of musical tributes to the Fab Four. Tonight, indie rock duo Broken Bells will sing “And I Love Her;” Sting will perform “Drive My Car” on Tuesday; Lenny Kravitz will tackle an as-yet undetermined Beatles classic on Wednesday; Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon, will join rockers the Flaming Lips for a rendition of “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” on Thursday, and Friday’s lineup will be announced later this week.