The CBS special was taped Jan. 27 in Los Angeles and airs Sunday (Feb. 9) at 8 p.m. ET/PT, 50 years to the day, date and time of the Beatles first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show. Originally scheduled as a two-hour special, it was expanded an extra 30 minutes because of artists’ interest in participating in the event and an extensive array of new interviews and archival footage.
Urban and John Mayer will reunite onstage to perform “Don’t Let Me Down,” a track featured on the Beatles’ Let It Be album. Paisley and Pharrell Williams will perform “Here Comes the Sun” from Abbey Road.
Ringo Starr will perform “Matchbox,” “Boys” and “Yellow Submarine,” and Paul McCartney will deliver “I Saw Her Standing There,” “Get Back” and “Birthday.” The special closes with an all-star performance of three other Beatles classics — “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band,” “With a Little Help From My Friends” and “Hey Jude.”
Others performing on the show include Maroon 5, Ed Sheeran, Imagine Dragons, Stevie Wonder, Alicia Keys, John Legend, Katy Perry, Eurythmics, Dave Grohl, Jeff Lynne, Joe Walsh and Gary Clark Jr. Special appearances will be made by Kate Beckinsale, Jeff Bridges, Johnny Depp, Eric Idle and LL Cool J.
Additionally, the special will also feature David Letterman’s recent interview with Starr and McCartney at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, the venue where The Ed Sullivan Show was staged.