Posted in music | video on April 6, 2009

Paul McCartney and Ringo

Half a Beatles reunion, or some approximation of it, took place Saturday night at "Change Begins Within," a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall for the David Lynch Foundation. Paul McCartney was headlining; Ringo Starr was also on the bill, and yes, after letting the anticipation build, the two surviving Beatles did perform together, as they did in 2002 for a memorial after the death of George Harrison...

...As the concert's entire lineup-including Donovan, Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Moby, Bettye LaVette, Ben Harper and Mike Love (from the Beach Boys)-filled the stage, Mr. Starr took his place at the second drum kit. And Mr. McCartney unveiled a song that could surprise even Beatles fanatics: "Cosmically Conscious," an excerpt of which appeared as a hidden track on his 1993 album "Off the Ground." [NY Times]

Eddie Vedder and Ben Harper played "Under Pressure", there were lots of serious Beatles fans there, Howard Stern was there... That and more in the videos from the event below...

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Comments (30)

Amazing show. Great seeing Ben & Edie back-up Ringo.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:10 AM

Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr are still going strong.

Posted by mercura nyc | April 6, 2009 8:18 AM

It's too bad the David Lynch Foundation didn't have something to do with the avante director, David Lynch. Can you imagine a function put on by him? It'd probably see collaborations between Trent Reznor, Kyle McClaughlin and Julie Cruise, with a dancing midget thrown into the mix.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:34 AM

it is the same David Lynch.....

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:46 AM

^^
thanks, captain obvious!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:48 AM

David Lynch isn't a very good spokesperson for TM. He seems like a miserable fuck, not someone who's achieved some sort of higher peace.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 8:50 AM

Whoa, so you're not kidding me. I did a Google search for David Lynch Foundation and when the results were something rather businessy and un-Lynch-like, I just assumed it was not him. That is kind of funny, for the same reasons anon@8:50am noted.

I just went to the actual link of my search results this time around and sure enough, there was his morbid mug. That's good to know, though and ups my respect for him.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 9:17 AM

Best show I've seen at Radio City ever. That "Under Pressure" cover was so unexpected and so stunning.

Oh, and the whole Beatles sharing the same mic thing was okay too. Ha ha.

Posted by Steve | April 6, 2009 10:07 AM

"Best show I've seen at Radio City ever. That "Under Pressure" cover was so unexpected and so stunning.

Oh, and the whole Beatles sharing the same mic thing was okay too. Ha ha."


Hi, Steve here again. I forgot to mention that I have been to only 3 shows at Radio City ever. Plus i am a jackass.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 10:57 AM

lulz, steve. dudebro probably scored tickets for free from one of his corporate friends and brought along his boring girlfriend and her parents as guests.

Posted by steve is a dorkhead | April 6, 2009 11:09 AM

Sherilyn Fenn = cosmically conscious

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 11:14 AM

What do you need for a Beatles reunion?
2 more bullets.

Posted by j | April 6, 2009 11:26 AM

What do you need for a bad joke to exist?
A Hipster and an online message board.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 11:41 AM

You could have easily just stopped at "A Hipster."

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 11:45 AM

Hey anon 10:57,

Your ability at sarcasm overwhelms me. I bow to your rapier wit.

(FYI--It was my 27th show at Radio City in the past 20 years, which I have spent my hard earned pay on for all of them. I felt very lucky to have scored one cheap (yeah, right) upper upper balcony ticket through Ticketbastard to see the remaining members of my favorite ever band on stage together.)

Posted by steve | April 6, 2009 11:50 AM

how many beatles tunes did they play together?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 11:55 AM

"the beatles were so much better before ringo joined the band. they began to suck after that. the production on their albums is way too slick. stuart sutcliffe was the only smart one, he got out before losing his dignity. they totally sold out when they started playing places like shea stadium. the beatles are not relevant at all now."

Taken from BrooklynVegan.com circa 1968

Posted by A.N. Onymous | April 6, 2009 12:03 PM

They did two Beatles songs together--"With a Little Help from my Friends" and "I Saw Her Standing There."

Posted by steve | April 6, 2009 12:04 PM

Technically they did THREE Beatles songs together.... the third 'Cosmically Conscious' was written by Paul during the Beatles 1968 trip to India. Although unrecorded at the time by the Beatles, this was around the time of the White Album, and it was first preformed at Radio City on Saturday.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 12:10 PM

Beatles are so overrated.

Will the baby boomers just die already? Get off the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 12:28 PM

Amen.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:21 PM

"the beatles were so much better before ringo joined the band. they began to suck after that. the production on their albums is way too slick. stuart sutcliffe was the only smart one, he got out before losing his dignity. they totally sold out when they started playing places like shea stadium. the beatles are not relevant at all now."

Taken from BrooklynVegan.com circa 1968

ABSOLUTELY FUCKING HILARIOUS!

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:55 PM

Put someone from the new generation on the stage now that comes even close to the Beatles and then tell the Baby Boomers to leave the stage. Until then, be thankful that these guys are still up on the stage for you.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:56 PM

12:28- Spot on. Overrated, no-talent hacks. Pretty soon, nobody will be listening to this shit, just give it twenty years or so. I can't believe they fit so mediocrity under one roof. Radio City deserves better.

BTW, can't wait for Dark Was the Night!

Posted by paul mcfartney | April 6, 2009 1:58 PM

Shea Stadium 1965 = Terminal 5 today...

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 1:59 PM

Shea Stadium? Where's that?

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 2:43 PM

John Lennon was no Dan Deacon, and the Beatles were no Matt and Kim.

Thank goodness we hipsters have all the good stuff now. Those baby boomers really must've suffered with their Beatles and their Stones and stuff.

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:16 PM

the 1968 BV parody was hilarious

Posted by Anonymous | April 6, 2009 6:47 PM

Thanks for this great article on the Paul McCartney concert. I was at the concert and it was beyond expectation - simply wonderful. And in support of the great cause to bring Transcendental Meditation to "at-risk" children in schools. I have been doing TM for many years and know first-hand of its great effect in reducing stress. Well done David Lynch, and thanks to all involved.

Posted by candyshoes | April 23, 2009 6:47 PM

---How many times are the circle-jerks of our
glutted and debauched comfort-zone going to
seek 'enlightenment' bastes from people who
---one and all -have yet to shed their shallow,
contrived and media derived 'self-images'?

--It's 2010! -and the once promising -long rich
and decades stale David Lynch -really needs to
get beyond his hair!

Posted by nano X | December 12, 2009 9:58 PM

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