Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates and comedic musician Neil Innes of "Monty Python" and The Rutles have joined the lineup of music and pop culture experts to appear at the first installment of "CBS News Live Experiences," "50 Years: The Beatles," presented by "Motown The Musical," to take place Sunday, Feb. 9 (6:30 p.m. ET), at the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City.
Anthony Mason, CBS news senior business correspondent and anchor of "CBS This Morning: Saturday," will host the live event and conduct a symposium with the attendees.
"50 Years: The Beatles" will be staged 50 years to the day that the famed music group appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Singer-songwriter Oates, one half of the hit-making duo of Hall & Oates, and Innes, who co-created and performed all of the songs for the Beatles spoof, The Rutles, and some of the "Monty Python" songs included in the Broadway hit "Spamalot," join previously announced participants, all of whom were tied to or influenced by the Beatles.
The panel also includes Pattie Boyd, the photographer and model who was married to George Harrison from 1966-67 and was the inspiration for many of his songs, including "Something"; Andrew Loog Oldham, a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee who just prior to discovering and managing the Rolling Stones from 1963-67 was an independent publicist for the Beatles; guitarist, songwriter and record producer Mick Jones, who founded the rock band Foreigner and who, in 1964, played the same bill as the Beatles during their three-week Paris residency before their U.S. debut; and Julie Taymor, the award-winning film, opera and theater director whose Oscar-nominated film "Across the Universe" was a '60s-era love story set to 34 Beatles compositions.
"50 Years: The Beatles" is the first in an anticipated series of "CBS News Live Experiences," a conversational tour and video series that will examine the culture, society and politics of today in the context of catalytic events that took place 50 years ago.
"50 Years: The Beatles" will be live streamed on CBSNews.com and CBSNewYork.com/50yearslater. Each website also features rare footage from CBS News' extensive archives of the Beatles' first trip to New York, footage from their appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show" on Feb. 9, 1964, archival photos and radio interviews with the band, and guest blogs from culture experts on the Beatles songs and influence.