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Lennon was conspicuously absent from the show, which saw former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr perform. As the son of John Lennon notes, he didn't want to watch a "Beatles karaoke session:"
"To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else ... clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles karaoke session."
While Lennon was unavailable to attend because of his involvement with charitable organization White Feather Foundation, he notes that he would have declined an innovation regardless, preferring a more personal celebration of the band's music:
"Give me the originals any day. I'll listen or watch the originals any day, and that's my cup of tea. That's why I decided that I much more preferred to be in a state of reflection and appreciation and doing something much more subtle and much more heartfelt, in my mind, than the glitz and the glam of those kind of shows."