Scenes From An Alternate Universe Where The Beatles Accepted Lorne Michaelsâ€™ Generous Offer
MightyGodKing gives us a glimpse at a world where John, Paul, George, and Ringo accepted Lorne Michael’s half-joking offer of $3000 to play on Saturday Night Live, and I have to say: It’s a beautifully fleshed out look at a world many a Beatlemaniac like myself have long wished for.
December 14, 1980. Having â€œhad a sit backâ€ (Ringo) after Eventuallyâ€™s staggering success and taken time to concentrate on their own projects and personal lives, the Beatles make their first televised appearance as a group since the SNL reunion, appearing on The Muppet Show. (Lennon leaves New York for the first time in six months to do the gig, eventually spending the entire month of December in England.) The episode is the highest rated episode of The Muppet Show in the showâ€™s history and the most watched television program of the entire year, beating even the news coverage of the 1980 American presidential election. The undisputed highlight of the episode is the â€œbattle of the bandsâ€ between the Beatles and the Electric Mayhem (although Starr says his duet with Fozzie the Bear remains his personal favorite moment). Jim Henson would later say that the Beatles episode â€œrejuvenatedâ€ his joy in working on the show, which by that point he had begun to feel was growing stale: the show continues for another seven seasons.
I heartily recommend reading the whole thing: Scenes From An Alternate Universe Where The Beatles Accepted Lorne Michaelsâ€™ Generous Offer.