That sound you heard was all of Las Vegas collectively digging out its Rubber Soul vinyl in a bubbling bacchanal of Beatle-based bliss. (Sorry, it was just sitting right there. We promise in the future to alleviate our alarming alliterative aspiratio—oh God, we’re doing it again, aren’t we? Moving on.)
June 8 saw the fifth anniversary of Cirque du Soleil’s first foray into fusing existing talent with the Cirque formula. Love is still the most successful, though it doesn’t help Viva Elvis’ case that they can’t exactly trot out the King for milestone shows.
Love, on the other hand, brought Señor “Silly Little Love Songs” himself for the celebration. Paul McCartney got a standing ovation when he came out to address the anniversary crowd. Yoko Ono followed him and drew a spontaneous sit-down. Apparently no one’s over the Plastic Ono Band yet.
She came with son Sean Lennon, while George Harrison’s widow, Olivia, and son, Dhani rounded out the direct Beatles relations. Ringo Starr was on tour in Europe, but sent video greetings. We’re sure the disappointment was palpable that there would be no live Ringo vocals.
Beatles producer George Martin brought his son, Giles, while the celebrity contingent included Elijah Wood, the Killers, Rosanna and Patricia Arquette, Marcia Gay Harden, Gayle King, Mark McGrath and Slash.
McCartney stuck around town for a couple of days to perform at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on June 10, with Ono and son at the show.