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It Was 50 Years Ago Today...

by Tom King

Actually it was 50 years ago this Sunday when the Beatles played the Ed Sullivan Show and changed the face of music in America. And CBS is celebrating the event with a special concert featureing big stars playing Beatle tunes including the two remaining Beatles closing the show. Ringo will play a three song solo set and paul will do five songs before the two join together for "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Hey Jude". Other featured performances will include a version of "Fool on The Hill" by Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart reuniting for just this night...Jeff Lynne pairing with Joe Walsh for "Something" and Dave Grohl for 'Hey Bulldog"...Peter Frampton & Steve Lukather backing Stevie Wonder on "We Can Work It Out". Other performers include Maroon Five, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, John Mayer, Keith Urban, and others. The show airs Sunday night at 7pm our time...the same time the Beatles played Sullivan all those years ago.

It was fifty years ago today that the band actually touched down in New York at Kennedy airport and were met by thousands of screaming fans. A special ceremony unveiling a plaque at teh airport and Port Authority will happen today.

Other music news:

The Sting/Paul Simon tour launches today in Houston. It will hit St. paul on Feb 23rd and Chicago on Feb 25th.

There is a tribute album to Ronnie James Dio in the works. The artists involved include Metallica, Anthrax, Scorpions, and many others.

Dr. John & Earth, Wind & Fire will be part of a New Orleans based halftime show at the NBA All Star game next week. Trombone Shorty and Janelle Monae will also take part.

Olivia Newton-John is preparing a Vegas residency at the Flamingo Hotel/ Its called Summer Nights and will be a musical trek through her life in show business. Its starts April 8th and runs for 45 shows.

Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder are teaming up for a summer tour. It starts May 16thand runs through the end of July. It will feature stops at the Target Center in Minneapolis on July 17th and at the Moondance Jam in Northern Minnesota on July 18th

The Winter Olympic Opening Ceremonies are today and then the competition begins in earnest. Hockey begins this weekend along with some of the other featured events.

I'll have high school basketball tonight as the Wausau East Lumberjacks head to Marshfield..pre game 7:15 on Foxsports Radio AM1390 & FM 93.9...that will be followed by the DC Everest at Wisconsin Rapids game.

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