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Nile Rodgers added to CBS live event on Beatles 50th anniversary

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Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, guitarist and songwriter Nile Rodgers is among the new names joining the panel of experts to appear at “50 Years: The Beatles,” CBS announced Feb. 4. The panel discussion takes place from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. ET Feb. 9 at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City where the Beatles made their debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

Anthony Mason, CBS News's senior business correspondent and the anchor of “CBS This Morning Saturday,” will host the live symposium. The panel also includes 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates of Hall & Oates; Neil Innes, co-creator and member of The Beatles spoof “The Rutles”; Pattie Boyd, who was married to George Harrison and was the inspiration for many of his songs; 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee and former Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham; guitarist, songwriter and record producer Mick Jones, who founded the rock band Foreigner and who in 1964 played on the same bill as The Beatles in Paris before their U.S. debut; and Julie Taymor, director of the Oscar-nominated Beatles tribute film “Across the Universe.

The symposium can seen live in the Ed Sullivan Theatre or on a one-time-only live steam at and Those at the Ed Sullivan Theater will also be able to watch a presentation of “The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute To The Beatles,” which will be broadcast on CBS at 8 p.m. ET/PT Feb. 9. The show will include new performances by Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr and tributes by modern artists.

In addition to live streaming the event, the and websites each feature rare footage from CBS News’ archives of The Beatles’ first trip to New York, footage from their appearance on “The Ed Sullivan Show” on Feb. 9, 1964, archival photos and radio interviews with the band, and guest blogs from culture experts.

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