Regardless of your political affiliation, I think it’s safe to say most of us like or can least appreciate the music and talents of Sir Paul McCartney. Last night was perfect example of this, as dignitaries and musicians from around the world gathered upon the White House to pay tribute to the former Beatle. President Obama awarded him with Library of Congress Gershwin Prize for Popular Son, an honor previously only given the likes of Paul Simon and Stevie Wonder. Jack White, Dave Grohl, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Herbie Hancock, and the Jonas Brothers then showered the man with renditions of his various songs. White, for example, covered “Mother Nature’s Son”, while Grohl offered his take on the Wings classic “Band on the Run”.
If, upon reading the last few sentences, you’re now foaming at the mouth in anticipation of checking out video from the concert, you’re not alone — I’ve spent the last 45 minutes searching the Internet for ‘em. However, because the concert was filmed specifically for a July 28th telecast on PBS, there isn’t much out there. The best I could find is the following, a two-minute clip featuring a joint sing-a-long of “Hey Jude”. McCartney plays piano, while White, Grohl, Costello, and even Jerry Seinfeld and Obama sing alongside. It’s pretty incredible stuff, even if it’s only two minutes in length.
If anything else pops up between now and July 28th, we’ll surely post it. Of course, be sure to check back here on July 29th, because I can already tell you it’s going to be one epic news day.