Grammy.com has just posted a half hour documentary, about this year’s Grammy Awards show, A Death In The Family: The Show Must Go On. Focusing on all the last minute changes necessitated by Whitney Houston’s tragic passing, it also spends a bit of time on the show ending jam: Paul McCartney’s performance of the Abbey Road closing medley with Bruce Springsteen, Dave Grohl and Joe Walsh all taking guitar solos.
Originally, McCartney was scheduled to close the show with the Wings song “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five,” a choice that Grammy Executive Producer noted he wasn’t thrilled with. Two days before the show, Sir Paul changed his tune and decided to go with the Abbey Road suite, inviting Grohl and Walsh. On Saturday, with little more than 24 hours to go before showtime, McCartney invited Springsteen to be part of the performance as well.
All three guests were interviewed about the jam, and unsurprisingly, all three were more than excited to perform with the Beatle. Bruce Springsteen says that playing with McCartney was a huge moment for him, and he comes off a bit star-struck. “There’s a basic realization that you simply would not be here, the way you are here, without this specific person. Who actually is a person!” He also said that he joked with McCartney, “I’ve been waiting since 1964 for you to ask!”
Dave Grohl of Foo Fighters, who also performed with McCartney at the 2009 Grammys, is rumored to be helping Sir Paul out with his next record. In the documentary, Grohl says “If it weren’t for the Beatles and Paul’s music, I wouldn’t be a musician.” Although his guitar solos held up to the other six-stringers on stage, he laughed, “I’m a drummer, what am I doing here?”
As of 2008, Joe Walsh is an extended member of the Beatles family (he’s Ringo Starr’s brother-in-law) and played with Paul twice that night (Paul performed “My Valentine” from his Kisses On The Bottom album earlier in the show with Walsh on acoustic guitar), Walsh is blunt when recalling the influence of The Fab Four: “Back in ’64 when I saw The Beatles at Shea Stadium, it was life changing.”
Besides Springsteen, Grohl and Walsh, the documentary features interviews with Springsteen’s manager Jon Landau, Grammy Awars director Louis Horvitz, President/CEO of The Recording Academy Neil Portnow, Grammy host LL Cool J, Executive Producer Ken Ehrlich and artist Jennifer Hudson.
— Brian Ives, CBS Local
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