One month after the Beatles receive the Recording Academy's Lifetime Achievement Award at the Grammys, another institution is honoring them: Vans will be releasing its first-ever footwear collaboration with the Fab Four on March 1st. The collection, which contains four pieces, all feature artwork from the Yellow Submarine album and film and retail between $65 and $75.
The most expensive of the bunch, the Sk8-Hi Reissue, features stylized portraits of all four Beatles running up the ankles apropos to cartoon portraits of each as they were animated for the film. The other shoes each feature psychedelic tableaus from the film. The Classic Slip-Ons play off the movie's Sea of Monsters, showing trippy marine life swimming in an ocean of pink. The Era shoes depict all four band members, some wearing rainbow pants, hanging out in a yellow garden. And the final pair, a model called Authentic, is adorned with a pattern that reads "Allyouneedislove" running over and over again and into itself in purple, yellow and green.
The Beatles and their families have much to celebrate this year, as it marks the 50th anniversary of their arrival in America. In addition to being the subjects of a Rolling Stone cover story that recounted that legendary moment this year, the band's living members have announced separate performances at the Grammys. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr will both perform at awards ceremony on Sunday. Starr was also recently honored by the David Lynch Foundation with an all-star tribute concert.
On February 9th, the Beatles will be the subject of a two-hour CBS special that will commemorate their arrival in the United States. The members of the synth-pop duo the Eurythmics will reunite for the broadcast, which will feature duets by Alicia Keys and John Legend, John Mayer and Keith Urban as well as a performance by Maroon 5.
Starr recently told Rolling Stone about the experience of playing in America for the first time on The Ed Sullivan Show. "We were playing that 70 million people were watching, but it was being in America that was so exciting," he said. "All the music we loved was in America; it came from America to England. . . . I could feel the buzz, even on the plane, it was so exciting."