All you need is Love
Beatles show hits Vegas1 July 06 - Surviving Beatles Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr attended the glitzy Las Vegas premiere of Love last night, a musical dedicated to the band's legacy.
Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, the widows of John Lennon and George Harrison, also watched the show.
Macca introduced the Cirque De Soleil production onstage, shouting: "This is for John and George."
Afterwards, Ringo said: "It was emotional because two of us aren't there. So it really comes home when you're watching this."
The extravaganza is the first major theatrical project the Beatles' company Apple Corps has taken part in.
The Beatles' producer George Martin, who worked with his son Giles to create the show's sound, said: "If John [Lennon] saw the show, he'd probably say 'yeah, but it could be better'. He was never satisfied with anything that he ever did in his life. In his mind, he had a dream world which could not be realised."
Yoko Ono said: "All this time when I was working on this show in the rehearsals, I thought 'oh, John should be here,' That's the only thing that I regret, the fact that he's not here, because he would have enjoyed it so much."
She added: "It's a beautiful combination of what Cirque De Soleil usually does and works to express freedom and love and the human race and naturally The Beatles' music is about love and freedom and all that stuff."
John Lennon's son Julian also attended the premiere, along with his mother - and Lennon's first wife - Cynthia.
The show is an acrobatic and dance spectacle set to a soundscape containing parts of 130 of the band's songs as well as previously-unpublished outtakes.
It covers the 1940s when the Beatles were growing up, to the height of Beatlemania in the 60s and their later psychedelic period.