Former Beatles reunite onstage in New York
Remaining Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr performed together at a New York charity show on Saturday night, their first time together in seven years.
The Walrus and Billy Shears together again
The two surviving Beatles have reunited on stage in New York to promote Transcendental Meditation among schoolchildren around the world. The pair appeared at a show headlined by McCartney in aid of The David Lynch Foundation, an organisation fronted by the film director which promotes transcendental meditation in schools.
McCartney played a handful of The Beatles tunes as well as some from his solo career before bringing Ringo onstage to perform The Beatles standard 'With a Little Help from My Friends'. The rare reunion came at the climax of a benefit concert at Radio City Music Hall for a charity set up by David Lynch, the film-maker, to bring Transcendental Meditation to one million schoolchildren. “It started for us when we met the Maharishi in India, and it’s going to get bigger and bigger and rule the world,” McCartney told the crowd.
McCartney also paid a tearful tribute to the late John Lennon, reports the BBC, before playing 'Here Today', a song he wrote for him. He also dedicated The Beatles classic 'Blackbird', which is sometimes claimed to be a tribute to the American civil rights movement, to US President Barack Obama.
After McCartney played his set he introduced Starr as "Billy Shears", Starr's pseudonym on 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'.
Starr, who had previously sang 'Yellow Submarine' and 'Boys' during his own set, then played drums backing McCartney's 'Cosmically Conscious'.
The legends last performed together at a tribute concert for the late George Harrison in 2002. They were joined by Eric Clapton on 'While My Guitar Gently Weeps' at the Royal Albert Hall show.
All those years ago: The Beatles in India, with Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
At a press conference before the performance the two recalled their 1968 trip to India to learn meditation from the late Maharishi Mahesh Yogi.
“Over 40 years ago, we ended up in Rishikesh. That is where we hung out with Maharishi. We had met him a few months before in Wales. Since then, sometimes a lot, sometimes a little, I have meditated. It’s a gift he gave me,” Starr said.
McCartney said: “It’s one of the few things anyone has ever given to me that means so much to me. For us, it came at a time when we were looking for something to stabilise us at the end of the crazy Sixties.”
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