Paul & Ringo Reminisce About "Ed Sullivan Show" with Letterman: "It's Like Going Back to Your Old School"
-- When you return to a place you first visited when you were young, it always seems smaller somehow, right? Well, that's exactly what Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney experience every time they step into New York City's Ed Sullivan Theater, the venue where, 50 years ago this Sunday night, the Beatles made their live U.S. television debut.
David Letterman, whose show currently occupies the theater, sat down with McCartney and Ringo for an interview you'll see on Sunday night's CBS special marking the anniversary of that performance, The Beatles: The Night that Changed America -- A Grammy Salute. In some sneak peek clips of that chat released by CBS, Paul reminisces about how terrified he was to sing "Yesterday" solo on the Sullivan show, and both men discuss what it's like to return to the famous theater.
"The memory I have, if we weren't standing here, is 'Oh, it was four times bigger than this!'" says Ringo. "Y'know what I mean? You felt there was thousands of 'em!" Letterman points out that in fact, there used to be a third balcony of 150 additional seats. "It wasn't that many more, but enough to make a difference," he tells Ringo.
"But it's like going back to your old school, isn't it?" says McCartney, and Ringo adds, "Or your old neighborhood." "It looks little now," McCartney says. "You thought it was huge when you were [there]!"
The Beatles: The Night that Changed America -- A Grammy Salute airs Sunday night on CBS at 8 p.m. and features McCartney and Ringo performing a number of Beatles classics together.
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