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Stars come out to honor the Beatles at 'The Night That Changed America'

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There were stars aplenty Jan. 27 in Hollywood at the Los Angeles Convention Center at the Grammy Awards paid tribute to The Beatles with “The Night That Changed America – A Grammy Salute to the Beatles.”

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Of course, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney were there. But so were many others, and not just musicians. Onstage performers included Joe Walsh, who's Ringo's brother-in-law, Peter Frampton and Steve Lukather (of Ringo's current All-Starr Band lineup). Also performing were Dave Grohl, Jeff Lynne of ELO, Dhani Harrison (who sang “Something” with Jeff Lynne), George's son, the Imagine Dragons and Katy Perry. The evening also included a reunion of the Eurythmics with Dave Stewart and Annie Lennox. Pharell Williams and the Cirque DuSoleil troupe “LOVE” from the Beatles show in Las Vegas also performed.

Celebrities on stage included Jeff Bridges, Eric Idle, LL Cool J, Kate Beckinsale and Johnny Depp. Seen in the audience were Nancy Shevell, Paul McCartney's wife, Barbara Bach, Ringo's wife, her sister Marjorie Bach (married to Joe Walsh), Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, Olivia Harrison, Peter Asher and actor Tom Hanks.

After the show, Ringo Starr tweeted "Wow what a night. In L.A. celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles landing in America. Peace and love to everybody who participated. R." And McCartney drummer Abe Laboriel Jr., asked to provide show details, said only, "I wore black!!! : ) >"

Here's a partial setlist and performers provided by Connie Lindell and Keith Putney:

  • Show opened with Beatles on Ed Sullivan doing “All My Loving”
  • … which segued into Maroon Five doing “All My Loving” and “Ticket to Ride.”
  • Ed Sheeran: "In My Life"
  • Keith Urban and John Mayer: “Don’t Let Me Down”
  • Alicia Keys and John Legend: “Let It Be”
  • Imagine Dragons: “Revolution”
  • Eurythmics: “Fool on the Hill”
  • Katy Perry: “Yesterday”
  • Dave Grohl (and Jeff Lynne): “Hey Bulldog”;
  • Jeff Lynne (lead), Dhani Harrison (harmony), Joe Walsh (guitar): “Something”
  • Stevie Wonder: “We Can Work It Out”
  • Ringo Starr: “Matchbox”, “Boys”, “Yellow Submarine”
  • Paul McCartney: “Magical Mystery Tour”, “Birthday”, “Get Back”, “I Saw Her Standing There”, “Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band” (which segued into) “With A Little Help From My Friends” (with Ringo), “Hey Jude” (finale w/all)
  • The bulk of the songs were done by the band of Kenny Aronoff, Greg Philliganes, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Don Was.
  • Videos in between performances: “A Hard Day's Night,” “Magical Mystery Tour,” “Yellow Submarine.”

The show, taped tonight, will be broadcast on CBS on Feb. 9, the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show.”

(Thanks to Connie Lindell and Keith Putney.)

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