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The Beatles Grammy Salute performances: The good, the bad, and the tacky from John Mayer, Brad Paisley, Pharrell, Adam Levine and more

“I was wondering if it was seemly to tribute yourself,” said Sir Paul McCartney in the most quotable moment from last night’s prerecorded CBS special, “The Beatles: The Night That Changed America—A Grammy Salute.” Naturally, it was “a couple of American guys” who convinced him that awards-show-style indulgence was called for on the 50th anniversary of The Ed Sullivan Show bringing Beatlemania to these United States. But when Paul—and, let’s not forget, Ringo Starr—finally performed, they did it with such earnestness, good humor, and energy that all the self-congratulation seemed crowded out. The bummer was that the Yanks who covered Beatles songs in the two hours leading up to this casually historic finale missed a big fat opportunity to inject more tacky, over-the-top American spirit into the proceedings. The lusty screams of young women in cat-eye glasses seemed distant indeed.

Although we must recognize Adam Levine and John Mayer for bringing a louche, careless, cruise-ship vibe to “Ticket to Ride” and “Don’t Let Me Down,” respectively. Especially Mayer, who, with his appealing voice and hobo-stylist look, took his bittersweet selection to an irreverent climax, trading guitar faces with Keith Urban, his sleekly metrosexual partner. Honorable mentions go to Katy Perry, who gave “Yesterday” a literal representation in the form of her retro dress, with its yards and yards of flowery fabric (fashion scolds attacked this choice when they first spotted it on the red carpet); and the louchest of them all, Joe Walsh, who popped up in a couple places, wailing on his guitar and reminding everyone that rock excess endures even when it disdains mind expansion—and that this can be groovy, too. READ FULL STORY

'The Beatles: The Night That Changed America': Why 'Ed Sullivan Show' was more than a musical moment -- VIDEO

When The Beatles performed on The Ed Sullivan Show in 1964, I wasn’t alive, but I knew exactly who to ask about the Brits’ American television debut: my mom. She described sitting at home at age 11 with her family, and as each song played — “All My Loving,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand” — she inched closer to the edge of the couch. Then she slid down the couch to be closer to the TV. Then she was cross-legged on the floor. Then she had her face right up by the screen. She needed to be as close as possible to the Fab Four and their music — and she wasn’t alone.

More than 73 million Americans gathered around their televisions on the night of Feb. 9, 1964, and on Sunday at 8 p.m. ET, exactly 50 years later to the day and time, The Beatles: The Night That Changed America — A Grammy Salute will bring us back to that magical night. The two-and-a-half-hour show includes the band’s famous fans performing their biggest hits; interviews with those involved in the Sullivan telecast, including David Letterman’s sit-down with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr (check out a preview below); and a Beatles reunion performance.

But it was so much more than just a musical moment. As the show’s producer, Ken Ehrlich, told EW, the country was searching for something to rally around after months of tragedy.
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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunite onstage at the Grammys -- VIDEO

Surviving Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited onstage at the 2014 Grammys, performing McCartney’s new song “Queenie Eye,” aka “The song with that weird Kate Moss/Johnny Depp/Meryl Streep video.” It was actually the second time both men were onstage: Starr performed his solo song “Photograph” earlier in the show, while McCartney had accepted the Grammy for Best Rock Song alongside Dave Grohl for “Cut Me Some Slack.” READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney invites Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, more to Abbey Road for 'Queenie Eye' video

Not everyone who pops up in Paul McCartney’s new Abbey Road-set “Queenie Eye” video is a celebrity, but a whole lot of them are: Johnny Depp, Meryl Streep, Sean Penn, Kate Moss, Jude Law, Jeremy Irons, Chris Pine.

And that’s just the start of the list. But don’t get your hopes up too high: Sir Paul’s new BFF Yoko Ono remains absent.

Take a look at the video below:

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Paul McCartney on reconciling with Yoko Ono: 'She's badass'

His album may be called New, but Paul McCartney is still down to discuss something as old as the ’60s: his rocky relationship with Yoko Ono.

In a new interview with Rolling Stone, Sir Paul cleared the air regarding his longrunning public disputes with John Lennon’s widow over the years, telling the magazine that things have been going smoothly thanks to “time, the great healer.”

“She’s badass,” McCartney admitted. “I thought, ‘If John loved her, there’s got to be something. He’s not stupid.’ It’s like, what are you going to do? Are you going to hold a grudge you never really had?”

He added that the late George Harrison also provided some helpful advice: “George would say to me, ‘You don’t want stuff like that hanging around in your life.’” READ FULL STORY

New Releases Roundup: Read EW's reviews of Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Gavin DeGraw, and more

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Every Tuesday morning in New Releases Roundup, we’ll publish our reviews of the week’s releases as found in the pages of Entertainment Weekly. This week: Paul McCartney, Pearl Jam, Gavin DeGraw, the Avett Brothers, and Scotty McCreery. 

Paul McCartney, New  “McCartney earns points just for seeking out new ideas, but New hangs on the strength of the songs. He’s got formidable storytelling chops (which especially inform the dreamy ‘On My Way to Work’), but he is also smart enough to get out of the way of a bombastic hook, as on the punchy ‘I Can Bet.”’ (Click here for Kyle Anderson’s full review.)

Pearl Jam, Lightning Bolt  “Eddie Vedder, now 48, hurls down a new, if unsurprising, preoccupation: mortality. Vedder wonders whether the bell tolls for him on the otherwise easygoing ‘Sirens,’ a piano-plunking ballad to rank with their classics, and human life itself seems to be ”tempting fate” on the album’s knotty, lovely centerpiece, ‘Infallible.”’ (Click here for Nick Catucci’s full review.)

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Paul McCartney surprises New York with a Times Square pop-up show

“Well,” remarked an out-of-towner as he stood on a platform in Times Square, surveying the rambunctious lunchtime crowd around him. “This is something, isn’t it?”

It certainly was: That out-of-towner was Paul McCartney, and the crowd was there to watch him play the 1 p.m. pop-up concert that he announced via Twitter earlier in the morning. The show started later than planned — Macca popped out of a yellow cab at 1:15 pm, and was immediately swarmed by Instagram-hungry onlookers — but fans were plenty pleased.

Performing from a makeshift stage carved into a semi-truck, McCartney and his backing band treated the audience to a few numbers from his upcoming album New, starting with the Mark Ronson-produced title track. The crowd cheerfully bopped along to the Rubber Soul-y song, and one group of young girls even squealed. Clearly, the 71-year-old charmer’s still got it. (Just ask the students at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Queens, who got their own private show yesterday.)

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Paul McCartney talks Afrobeat icon Fela Kuti - EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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Next Tuesday, October 15, would have been Fela Kuti’s 75th birthday. The Nigeria-born Fela was a responsible for bringing Afrobeat—and world music in general—into the Western world. And though he passed away in 1997, his legacy still stretches across the globe.

Yesterday saw the release of Red Hot + Felaa new benefit compilation of classic Fela tunes reimagined by the likes of Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson, My Morning Jacket, tUnE-yArDs, Childish Gambino, Spoek Mathambo, members of TV on the Radio, and a host of African artists. Fela—whose life was captured in the Broadway musical Fela!produced by Jay Z and Will and Jada Pinkett Smith—is also being remembered in a series of videos that find all manner of legends, including George Clinton and Brian Eno. 

One of those participants is Paul McCartney, whose new album New is about to land in stores. In the exclusive video below, McCartney talks about a great lost Fela tune that he saw performed live once but has never been able to track down on record. Clearly, it left an impression: READ FULL STORY

Paul McCartney buys Kanye, wants to sing with Bob Dylan, and more from his Twitter Q+A

While other pop stars made their own kind of singers-on-social-media news today, a polite Knight held a different kind of Twitter tête-à-tête this morning for his fans.

Responding to the hashtag #AskMacca, Sir Paul McCartney held a 140-character-limit Q&A this morning in support of his upcoming album New, due Oct. 15.

What we gleaned from Macca’s internet etiquette: the 71-year-old former Beatle has some well-rounded music taste — his last record purchases were Kanye West, Jay Z, The Civil Wars, and The National. Also? He wants to do a duet with Bob Dylan, and finishing a song is the hardest part of writing for him.

But more importantly, want to know how the former Beatle gets his social media on? In a gingham shirt, with a tablescape of roses and lit candle, of course:

Here’s a sampling of the Q+A:

On the Scene at Paul McCartney's 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' concert: Something old, something 'New'

When Paul McCartney and his Beatles bandmates performed an unannounced concert on a London rooftop in 1969 for their Let It Be film, the police eventually came in and shut it down. But McCartney and Jimmy Kimmel had the cops’ blessing Monday night in Los Angeles, as they took to the roof of the El Capitan Theatre, promising a free show from the one-and-only Sir Paul for the gathered masses.

Monday’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! TV audience only caught two of those songs. After that, as McCartney told us when he hit the stage, “The rest is just for you.” Here’s what you missed if you weren’t one of the 10,000 people lining Hollywood Boulevard:
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