Okay, so it won’t be a proper reunion since 50% of the band remains stubbornly dead. But Paul and Ringo are in good shape. And the 50th anniversary of that landmark Ed Sullivan Show appearance is coming up on February 9. Seems like an occasion to do something, doesn’t it?
Let’s examine things:
- There are plenty of 50th anniversary Beatles releases either already in stores or heading for release soon. This is an unprecedented commercial opportunity.
- January 27 will see a TV special entitled The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles featuring John Mayer, Alicia Keys, John Legend and more
- After years of denying their Beatles’ past, both Macca and Ringo have embraced the fact that they were once part of the greatest band of all time.
- The Ed Sullivan Theatre is still there at 1697 Broadway.
- The Theatre is still owned by CBS, just like it was in 1964.
- And look what’s happening in that theatre these days: The Late Show With David Letterman.
- Letterman’s people have already planned a week’s worth of Beatles-themed programming beginning February 3. What better way to cap it off than to have Paul and Ringo perform together?
- And let’s not forget that February 6 is Jay Leno’s last night hosting The Tonight Show. Having Paul and Ringo on that night would f**k shit up for NBC.
Talks are in the works to have the two appear on the show sometime that week. People have reached out to Yoko, too, but apparently George’s family aren’t keen on that idea. Jeezus, people, let it be.
Yes, yes, Paul and Ringo have appeared together a number of times over the years–but this is a special occasion. Set the PVR.