Grammy Award-winning musician/producer Nile Rodgers and Tad Kubler of The Hold Steady are the latest music and pop culture experts to join the first-ever CBS News Live Experiences event, "50 Years: The Beatles."
CBS News is marking the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' first American television appearance with a live media event, set to take place Sunday, Feb. 9, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. ET at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York, 50 years to the day from when the Fab Four first performed on CBS' "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Anthony Mason, CBS News senior business correspondent and anchor of "CBS This Morning: Saturday," will host and moderate the event, which will be live streamed on CBSNews.com and CBSNewYork.com/50YearsLater.
Featuring several high-profile musicians and artists whose work has been influenced by the Beatles -- ranging from singer-songwriter John Oates to George Harrison's first wife, Pattie Boyd -- the one-time, live symposium will examine the social and musical impact the Fab Four had on the world.
It will also highlight rare footage from CBS News' extensive archives of the Beatles' first three days in New York City and their famous appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964. Both websites will feature photo galleries, archival radio interviews with the Beatles and written pieces looking at the band's songs and cultural influence.Panelists set to appear include Nile Rodgers, a guitarist, producer and composer, multi-Grammy Award winner and the co-founder of the hit-making disco and R&B group Chic. He is considered one of the most influential producers of his time and has produced hits for a who's who list of music stars, including Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson. Most recently, Rodgers earned three Grammys for his work with the electronic group, Daft Punk.
The event, dubbed "CBS News, 50 Years Later...The Beatles at The Ed Sullivan Theater: Presented by Motown The Musical," is the first in an anticipated series of CBS News Live Experiences, a "conversational tour and video series" that will examine culture, society and politics of today in the context of catalytic events that took place 50 years ago.
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"The Beatles' appearance on 'The Ed Sullivan Show' -- viewed by 73 million people in 1964 -- was the single most significant moment in pop music history ever, making the Ed Sullivan Theater -- exactly 50 years later -- hallowed ground on Sunday, Feb. 9," said David Goodman, president, CBS Live Experiences. "No other news or media entity has as close an affiliation with this pivotal moment as CBS, making this the perfect event to launch CBS News Live Experiences -- a series of live multimedia events that will take notable archival CBS News stories and bring them to life with audiences nationwide. CBS owns some of the most recognizable and valuable content in the world. We look forward to exploring ways to extend these brands to build stronger ties with our fans."
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