Breaking news. You thought it wasn’t going to happen, but it did. Sir Paul McCartney debuted a new song, “Queenie Eye,” at the 56th Grammy Awards on Sun., Jan. 26, 2014, broadcast live on CBS, the network on which The Beatles made their American debut, almost to the day, 50 years ago. Prior to the performance, the big tease by host LL Cool J was that there would be a special guest on stage with him. Beatles fans across the country could only hope. There, of course, had been rumors that the two remaining Beatles would reunite for at least one performance.
And when Julia Roberts came on stage to introduce Sir Paul (and Ringo), it was not to a Beatles song, but instead was to the Eric Clapton tune, “Lay Down Sally,” which is played several times throughout her latest movie, “August: Osage County.” It could have been "Do You Want to Know a Secret?" but movie promoters would have something to say about song choices.
The crowd went to its feet when the staging revealed that the special guest was indeed Ringo Starr. Ringo looked at home and Paul was having the time of his life with his band, his song, and a rather flashy neon piano. Yet, if you heard a few drum kicks and fills that were ongoing when Ringo’s hands were up in the air, mid-beat, it’s because Paul had his own drummer playing on in the background as well. No matter, it was still history being made, just weeks ahead of CBS’ special Grammy event in honor of the 50th anniversary of The Beatles invasion of America. Teenagers everywhere would never be the same, and to this day are still not.
As Paul, Ringo and company played, the cameras panned to Yoko Ono, clad in a black top hat and sunglasses, grooving and dancing while standing as the entire audience was doing. Poignant, remembering John Lennon, that way, but she was there, too, for the history.
After the song, Paul motioned for Ringo to come down and take the stage with him, and the two men hugged while the crowd went wild. After all, it was The Beatles who sang “Come Together.” And for one song on one night of the 56th Grammy Awards, that’s just what they did. Rock and roll just doesn’t get any better than this.