By Danny Abriano
Ever since it was reported that both Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will be in attendance at this year’s Grammy awards – and that there would be a special Beatles tribute the night after the Grammy’s, rumors have been swirling that the two would perform together.
Last night, Ringo confirmed to Access Hollywood that the two would be performing together. According to Ringo, the performance will take place the night after the Grammy’s, during filming for the CBS special “The Night That Changed America: A Grammys Salute to The Beatles.”
The special, including the performance by Paul and Ringo, will be taped on January 27th, and will air on February 9th – the 50 year anniversary of The Beatles’ earth shattering performance on the Ed Sullivan show. Said Ringo:
To celebrate the 50 years since we landed in New York in February , they are putting on a big show on Monday and we will be doing it there.
It’s unknown at this point exactly what Paul and Ringo’s performance will entail, but let’s hope it involves Paul at the microphone and Ringo behind his kit – at least for part of the performance.
Paul and Ringo have played together a handful of times since The Beatles broke up in 1970. The most rollicking one occurred in in July of 2010, when Paul surprised Ringo for his 70th birthday at Radio City. The crowd went insane, Ringo got on the drums, and Paul belted out “Birthday” with Ringo playing behind him.
Ringo’s photographer Rob Shanahan, who captured the above image of Ringo and Paul at Radio City, will have that photo and other memorable Paul and Ringo photographs, gallery prints and lithographs available for sale in his gallery at this year’s NYC Fest. Check out Rob’s site here.