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Nile Rodgers joins CBS News live experiences event "50 Years: The Beatles," Feb. 9

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Tue, Feb 4th 2014 01:25 pm
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Grammy Award-winning musician, producer and songwriter joins the eclectic and informative panel of music and pop-culture experts to appear on the first 'CBS News Live Experiences' event, "50 Years: The Beatles"

Grammy Award-winning musician, producer, guitarist and songwriter Nile Rodgers will join the eclectic panel of experts to appear at the first-ever "CBS News Live Experiences" event, "50 Years: The Beatles," presented by "Motown The Musical," to take place Sunday, Feb. 9, (6:30 p.m.) 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 the famed music group appeared on "The Ed Sullivan Show." At the heart of the event will be a 90-minute conversation led by Mason and featuring a panel of newsmaking, authentic and informative artists who worked with the Beatles or whose work was heavily influenced by the band. The symposium can only be experienced in the Ed Sullivan Theatre or via a one-time-only live steam at CBSNews.com and CBSNewYork.com/50yearslater.

Rodgers, a guitarist, producer and composer is a three-time 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" of music stars, including Madonna, Diana Ross, David Bowie, Mick Jagger and Michael Jackson. Most recently, Rodgers earned a Grammy for his work with the electronic group Daft Punk.

The symposium panel also includes singer-songwriter and 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee John Oates, one half of the hit-making duo of Hall & Oates; and Neil 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." Also on the lineup are Pattie Boyd, the photographer and model who was married to George Harrison from 1966-77 and was the inspiration for many of his songs, including "Something"; Andrew Loog Oldham, a 2014 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 of the Beatles' compositions.

Guests inside the Ed Sullivan Theater can also watch a presentation of "The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles," which will be broadcast on the CBS Television Network (8 p.m.) on Sunday, Feb. 9. The two-hour special will feature today's top artists covering the songs performed by the "Fab Four" on that momentous evening, and the Beatles' songs through the years, as well as footage from that landmark Sunday evening and other archival material.

"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.

In addition to live streaming the event, the CBSNews.com and CBSNewYork.com/50yearslater website feature 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.

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