Surviving Beatles reunite in New York

The last two surviving Beatles, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, shared a microphone on stage for the first time in seven years, in New York, at a benefit to introduce children to transcendental meditation.


AFP - Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr wowed Radio City Music Hall late Saturday, singing together for the first time in seven years, backed by a star-studded band, at a benefit to introduce children to transcendental meditation.

The former Beatles paired up on three songs together, including the classic hit  "I Saw Her Standing There," while Sheryl Crow, Eddie Vedder, Donovan and Beach Boy Mike Love provided the accompaniment.

Meanwhile, comedian Jerry Seinfeld also drew ovations with a stand-up routine.

The "Change Begins Within" benefit at New York's top entertainment venue was in support of a foundation run by film director David Lynch.

The benefit aimed to raise funds to teach transcendental meditation to one million children around the world.

McCartney later told reporters that transcendental meditation techniques he and fellow Beatles learned from its founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi were "something to stabilize us at the end of the crazy '60s."

"You know, it's a gift he gave me," said Starr, "something that I could use and something no one could take away."

McCartney and Starr have appeared together only a handful of times since the Beatles disbanded in 1970. The last time they took the stage together was in 2002 at  "A Concert for George," a tribute to the late Beatles guitarist George Harrison.

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