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Eurythmics Reunite for Beatles Tribute Show

January 7, 2014

By Sean Michaels, theguardian.com

Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart will reunite the Eurythmics for the first time in almost a decade, paying tribute to the Beatles at a concert later this month. The duo are expected to cover one of their Fab Four favourites alongside performances by Maroon 5, Alicia Keys and John Legend.

"What I felt was important was to try and find those artists who not only would be able to interpret Beatles songs, but would also have an ... understanding of what they meant," Ken Ehrlich, the show's producer, told the Associated Press. Titled The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, the event takes place on 27 January, the day after the Grammys' main gala. It will be televised on 9 February - the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' career-defining first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Although organisers have not revealed whether either of the surviving Beatles are attending the concert, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are due to receive lifetime achievement Grammy awards at another Los Angeles ceremony on 25 January. "(The Beatles) really did change people's lives," Ehrlich said.

Neither of the Eurythmics have issued a statement about their reunion nor indicated which Beatles song they plan to perform. It's an unexpected reconciliation: Lennox and Stewart haven't played together since 2005 and the two musicians talk to each other "only rarely", Lennox told WENN in 2009. Both artists have cultivated their solo careers, and Stewart released a 2012 album with Mick Jagger, Joss Stone, Damian Marley, and AR Rahman.

About a dozen acts will reportedly appear as part of The Night That Changed America. Alicia Keys and John Legend will duet on Let It Be, while John Mayer has agreed to join country singer Keith Urban for a rendition of Don't Let Me Down. "Various presenters" will also "help highlight and contextualise the musical, cultural and historical impact of [the Beatles] and this legendary performance on pop music and the world."

Whereas the Eurythmics have only ever received one Grammy - a 1986 best rock performance gong, for Missionary Man - the Beatles were the recipients of seven Grammy awards, including the 1964 prize for Best New Artist.


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