Sting, Lenny Kravitz & the Flaming Lips Pay Tribute to the Beatles on ‘Letterman’
By Shannon Carlin
On February 9, 1964, The Beatles took the stage at the Ed Sullivan Theater, changing music and fandom forever. To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the historic television appearance, artists like Sting, Lenny Kravitz and the Flaming Lips are returning to the same stage—now home to the Late Show with David Letterman—to honor the Fab Four.
For the week of Feb. 3, the Late Show will see a different guest musician come by each night and play a Beatles hit. Broken Bells kick off the week with a performance of “And I Love Her” with Sting hitting the stage the next night for a performance of “Drive My Car.”
It’s yet to be announced what Lenny Kravitz will perform on Wednesday, but the next night will feature Wayne Coyne and his band performing “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds,” a song they’ve done before. But this time around, they’ll be joined by special guest and Beatle spawn, Sean Lennon.
CBS will also air the special The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles on Feb. 9 at 8 pm EST, featuring performances from not only Paul and Ringo, but Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Brad Paisley and a reunited Eurythmics.