CBS News announced Jan. 21 it will hold a live, interactive multimedia event, “50 Years: The Beatles,” on the night of the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut appearance on CBS’s “The Ed Sullivan Show.” The event will take place from 6 to 8 p.m. ET Feb. 9 at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where the TV show was filmed.
Anthony Mason, CBS News senior business correspondent and anchor of “CBS: This Morning Saturday,” will host the live symposium, which will feature Pattie Boyd, the photographer and model who was married to George Harrison; Andrew Loog Oldham, who was an assistant to Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein before managing the Rolling Stones from 1963 to 1967; Mick Jones of Foreigner; and Julie Taymor, director of “Across the Universe.”
The event will also feature an art gallery and exhibit of Beatles memorabilia displayed inside the Ed Sullivan Theater. Guests inside the theater will watch a presentation of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles,” which will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network that night at 8 p.m. ET/PT and feature a performance by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.
The “50 Years: The Beatles” event will be live streamed on CBS News.com. The website also features a special section that highlights current and archival stories and rare footage from CBS News’ extensive archives of the Beatles’ first three days in New York City and their famous appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964. Both sites will feature an extensive collection of photo galleries, archival radio interviews with the Beatles, and written pieces looking at their songs and cultural influence.
CBS says “50 Years: The Beatles” is the first in a series of CBS News Live Experiences, a conversational tour and video series that CBS says will examine the culture, society and politics of today in the context of catalytic events that took place 50 years ago.
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