Showing posts with label JOHN LENNON. Show all posts
Showing posts with label JOHN LENNON. Show all posts

Thursday, December 08, 2011

THE BEATLES DEBUT AT MADAME TUSSAUDS

The Beatles Famous Abby Road Cover Re-Created


John Lennon In Wax


Paul McCartney In Wax


The Beatles At Madame Tussauds



Madame Tussauds in Hollywood, Unveiled the Beatles Wax Figures in Los Angeles, California today.


Photos By: RD / Orchon / Retna Digital

Tuesday, January 04, 2011

PBS AMERICAN MASTERS WITH JOHN LENNON



The Legend Bob Gruen



LENNON NYC -- We finally got to watch the excellent American Masters/PBS special entitled Lennon NYC which focuses on John Lennon’s time in New York City. The 1 hour and 55 minute documentary is jammed packed with many never before seen interviews with the likes of Elton John; recording engineer Roy Cicala; photographer Bob Gruen; Yoko Ono; Ringo Starr; drummer Jim Keltner; May Pang; David Geffen; guitarist Earl Slick; and, most notably producer Jack Douglas, who gives out some really terrific revelations on the artist, including the fact that Lennon would always flatten his D chord on the guitar, so when someone asked if that was him, he could say the out-of-tune somewhat guitar was his. He also offers some rather startling views on his songwriting and habits in the recording studio. I found it particularly moving that the day after Lennon’s death, he and Ono retreated to the studio where they listened to out takes and what they had recorded with him for hours. As Douglas says, “We had our own wake.” Drummer Keltner says that he was a powerful songwriter and listening too much of his work again, he’s definitely right on the money. Even the songs from his album Sometime In New York City; somewhat derided at first sound just sensational and hold up amazingly well. Clips from the famous One To One (1972) concert and several with the band Elephant’s Memory immediately show just how quick-witted Lennon was with a lyric and how quickly he worked was in the studio. Douglas says that he always had the concept for the music first; then fit the lyrics to that concept. Writer Jon Weiner whose 1996 book Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files famously tells how the FBI sought to have Lennon deported, after he appeared at a rally for John Sinclair (jailed for possessing two joints) and succeeded in turning the event into a major one; as the Ann Arbor police had no choice but to free Sinclair two days later due to the public outcry and national attention. So, the feds figuring a rumored appearance by Lennon at the 1972 Republican Convention would only turn out bad, had to figure a way to oust him. As Weiner succinctly points out, the 1972 election being the first time 18-year olds could vote (my God, was it really that long ago?), the powerful-Republican party wanted every advantage they could have. Directed with verve by Michael Epstein, it’s really one terrific document of a major, major personality in not only music, but society. Lennon who would have tuned 70 years old this past October would have found it positively riveting. My only criticism is that it rather abruptly ends once he is murdered in 1980. Truth be told, there’s been many revelations since that time which seem odd to not have been included here. But, it’s definitely worth viewing, especially if you cared about and remember John Lennon.

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Bette Midler



BETTE MIDLER – HBO’s The Showgirl Must Go On featured the marvelous Bette Midler in one of her final appearances at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas, on New Year’s Eve. The 70-minute special, which began its run at the Colosseum at Caesars’s in February 2008, featured some of Midler’s best songs, including “From A Distance,” “Wind Beneath My Wings” and, “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.” Between glimpses of Ryan Seacrest with Dick Clark and Jenny McCarthy, The Divine Ms. M proved the perfect antidote to an otherwise somewhat sullen New Year’s in NYC (maybe it was our recent snow storm!). I had two immediate reactions to the show: I was amazed just how strong and powerful her voice still was, and, second: Just how much of the show was unchanged from the first time I saw Midler at The Continental Baths (the summer of 1970) in NYC with none other than Barry Manilow! Believe me, she was funny then … and, though some of the material is dated … she's still funny now! I guess the old adage: if it ain’t on the page; it ain’t on the stage rings true. Midler’s made quite the career for herself; having been nominated for two Academy Awards; won four Grammy Awards; four Golden Globes; three Emmy Awards; and, a Tony Award, and has sold over 30 million records, she’s a singular talent. We loved the show! She’s also a producer on the forthcoming Broadway play Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, which will bow this year.


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Micky Dolenz



Monkee- Micky Dolenz, currently in Hairspray in Europe, is back in L.A. for a week on January 10th and has a rich cameo in SyFy’s Mega Python Vs. Gatorid (directed by Mary Lambert) that debuts on the channel on Monday, January 24 (the flick also stars Tiffany) … Who says the music business is over? City Boy Records, based in Syracuse, New York, has just begun their efforts for the new years with new released from Circle Of One and instrumentalist Kyoji Yamamoto. Fronted by Bruce Pegg, we'll have more on them next time.

Photos By: Sara De Boer/RD/Orchon/Kabik/Derek Storm/Retna

Monday, September 14, 2009

YOKO ONO HAS NEW RESPECT FOR BEATLES

Beatle John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono who barely knows the famed groups songs, just realized their music is "special" when she recently revisited the band’s catalogue. Famous in her own right as a artist, Ono met Lennon in 1966, at the height of the super groups fame, and was married to him until his death in New York City in 1980. Yoko is now confessing that she is no expert on the band’s music, and gained a new appreciation of the tracks when she helped organize the release of remastered versions of their albums earlier this month. She says, "I didn’t know the Beatles’ songs so well until I started to become responsible for them. Having to check it, listen to it, and make sure everything is alright reminded me how each one has some kind of special energy." Ono is also very adamant the new The Beatles: Rock Band video game is a good move, because it will spearhead a second coming for the famous band. She adds, "It’s not about chopping heads. It’s going to promote peace and love. It’s going to be fantastic. It is like the second Beatles revolution in a sense. It’s going to make this planet into an artistic place… I think John would have loved it."
Photo By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Monday, September 07, 2009

RARE JOHN LENNON INTERVIEWS PUBLISHED

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JOHN LENNON ALSO OPENS
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BEAUTIFUL YOKO ONO
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Yoko Ono


A series of interviews with Beatles John Lennon has been published. They reveal the legend's thoughts on his bandmate Paul McCartney and the historic bands breakup. The interviews also include previously unpublished chats with McCartney and Ringo Starr by British journalist Ray Connolly. In one of the tapes, recorded in 1969, Lennon is heard praising McCartney’s musical ability at a time when the legendary band was on the verge of splitting up and after he was rumored to have dismissed his friends work as pop ditties. Lennon tells Connolly, "(For No One from the Revolver album) that was one of the good ones. All his semi-classical ones are best, actually. I suppose it was a bit hard on him… I only ever asked two people to work with me as a partner. One was Paul McCartney and the other Yoko Ono. Lennon also reveals more about the reasons behind the band’s split, insisting he wanted to initiate the break up months before they parted ways in 1970, but they stayed together in case it damaged sales of their album Let It Be. He says, "Paul just kept mithering (worrying) on about what we were going to do, so in the end I just said, ‘I think you’re daft. I want a divorce.’" In another taped interview two years after the split, Lennon adds,"The whole thing died in my mind long before the rumpus started. We used to believe the Beatles myth just as much as the public and we were in love with them just the same way. But we were four individuals who eventually recovered our individuality's after being submerged in a myth."
Photos By: Sara De Boer/Retna

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

LADY GAGA WAS BORN IN WRONG ERA

Singing star Lady GaGA would have loved to have been a hippie in the wild 1960s, so she could have been a groupie chasing after Beatle John Lennon. GaGa is convinced she was born in the wrong era, and is insisting she would have fit right in when The Beatles were at the height of their worldwide fame. And she would have wasted no time in going after singer John Lennon, even if it meant fighting off his longtime partner Yoko Ono. She says, "I’m quite sure that if it were 1968 I may not be the Lady GaGa that I am today. "I might be arguing with Yoko Ono and trying to win John Lennon’s heart and chasing The Beatles in a bus on LSD, hoping that one of them hands me a microphone one day."
Photo By: RD/Leon/Retna

Friday, August 15, 2008

JOHN LENNON'S ART HEADS TO HAMPTONS

John Lennon's A Family Tree

"John’s artwork speaks for itself," says Yoko Ono, the artist, businesswoman, and keeper of her late husband John Lennon’s creative flame. “It is meant to bring people together to enjoy and find an opportunity to talk to each other. We hope that the exhibition helps people to discuss real issues of peace.” That conversation has been ongoing, stemming from the largest collection of Lennon’s artwork ever assembled: a traveling exhibit that has traversed the country and the planet for 15 years, attracting record crowds and raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for charity. Now, this critically acclaimed exhibit is coming to Southampton in New York. Yoko Ono has joined forces with the Southampton Inn to present Come Together: A Look Into John Lennon’s Life Through His Artwork – hand-signed pieces and limited edition prints, as well as serigraphs, lithographs, copper etchings and aqua tints, all of which will be available for sale. They will be on display at Southampton Inn located at 91 Hill Street, August 22 – 24 and will benefit Human Resources of the Hamptons, a non-profit organization dedicated to helping the poor, hungry, sick and homeless. “Most people consider the Hamptons to be a place of luxury, wealth and pampering, so perhaps this exhibition, with its connection to Human Resources of the Hamptons, will be an eye-opening experience: something for a charity that helps those who are not so fortunate or wealthy,” says Mrs. Ono-Lennon. “I’m a child of the 60s myself, so having the opportunity to host an exhibit of John Lennon’s work is truly thrilling for me,” says Southampton Inn owner Dede Gotthelf, who plans on buying an art piece by the man who had been her favorite Beatle. The Inn is as famous for distinctive cultural events as it is for gracious hospitality and five-star dining, which is why it was approved by Mrs. Ono-Lennon for this first-ever Hamptons’ exhibition. The Ono-Lennon family weren’t strangers to the Hamptons. They rented a house in Montauk where they worked on art projects, enjoyed walks on the beach, and visited with such superstar friends as Mick Jagger, Andy Warhol, Peter Beard and Dick Cavett, who also maintained summer homes on the East End of Long Island. Before musician, songwriter, poet, artist and dedicated peace activist John Lennon was a Beatle, he was an artist who attended the renowned Liverpool School of Art and he continued to chronicle his remarkable life with distinctive line drawings. His style, reminiscent of Picasso and James Thurber but uniquely his own nonetheless – was comprised of quick sketches, free-hand drawings, caricatures and illustrations. “John’s theme was mostly about peace and love,” says Yoko. “He wanted to convey the message that the family and love are important and translate into world peace.”Come Together, produced by Legacy Fine Art Productions, includes over 100 pieces from 1968 – 1980, encompassing the final phase of Lennon’s Beatles career, his years as a solo artist, his romantic and creative partnership with Yoko Ono, his five-year hiatus in New York as a devoted stay-at-home dad with his son Sean, and his return to the music scene in 1980, which was cruelly cut short by his murder in December of that year. At the time of his death, Lennon had preserved several hundred drawings that he considered important. Although his Beatles fame prevented him from being taken seriously as a fine artist during his lifetime, he has since earned the respect and admiration of the art world. A number of his inspiring and emotional sketches are also in the permanent collections of the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York Museum of Modern Art, San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the John Lennon Museum in Japan. Come Together can be seen at Southampton Inn Friday, Aug 22, 5:00 pm to 9:00 pm; Saturday, Aug 23, 11:00 am to 8:00 pm; and Sunday, Aug 24, 11:00am to 7:00 pm.

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

JOHN LENNON'S KILLER DENIED PAROLE AGAIN

Yoko Ono And John Lennon

Beatles legend John Lennon's killer Mark Chapman has been denied parole for the fifth time following a hearing today. The 53 year old is expected to serve at least two more years at New York’s Attica Correctional Facility before he can make another appeal for his release. He was originally sentenced to a 20-year-to-life sentence for shooting the singer outside his New York City apartment at the Dakota's in December 1980. According to media reports, Chapman’s parole officers denied his most recent attempt at freedom because it "would not be in the best interest of the community," despite confirming he has maintained a clean disciplinary record since 1994. Yesterday Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono, lobbied against Chapman’s release, insisting he would be hunted down and killed by Lennon’s loyal fans if he was ever set free from prison. To this day, fans still gather in Central Park's Strawberry Fields daily, singing Lennon's songs.

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

YOKO ONO DRUGGED BEATLE JOHN LENNON

Yoko Ono drugged Beatle icon John Lennon during his attempts to give up smoking according to the late Beatle’s ex-girlfriend May Pang.The star dated former assistant Pang for 18 months from 1974 to 75, but returned to his wife Ono following the brief fling. And Pang insists Ono’s methods of helping Lennon to stop smoking were unconventional, she made him drink the cure, which made him physically sick and made him sleep excessively. She says, "He wasn’t ready to go back. It wasn’t as clear cut as, ‘I’m going to leave you and go home.’ He went over there for this method she had to quit smoking. He was going to come back. He said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll be gone for a couple of hours. I’ll be back, we’ll go for dinner.’ He was gone all weekend. I couldn’t get through to him there. Every time I called, Yoko said, ‘He’s sleeping, he’s sleeping.’ "When I saw him on Monday, something wasn’t right. Something had gone on.When I asked him, he said, ‘I drank this tea Yoko gave me and I threw up.’ I could see a whole different person. But I only knew what he was telling me. Did he think he was being drugged? If he did, he wasn’t telling me. He wouldn’t say much. I let it go. Maybe it’s my naivety." Pang, 57, is currently promoting a book of rare Lennon photographs, Instamatic Karma.
Editors Note: John Lennon should have stayed with May Pang. I never liked Yoko the many times I have met her and I adore May Pang. Such a difference...
Photo By: James Edstrom

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

MAY PANG ON BOYFRIEND JOHN LENNON

Beatle John Lennon was a television addict who spent hours each day lying in bed and flicking channels, his ex-girlfriend and Times square Gossip friend May Pang reveals. Pang, who was Lennon’s assistant and then dated him from 1973 to 1975 - while he was separated from wife Yoko Ono, claims her favourite image of the former Beatle is of him glued to the box with his two cats crawling over him at their home on New York’s East 52nd Street. She says, "The man really liked to stay in bed and just lay there and watch television. Cable was new then. We had a box with buttons and his fingers were constantly moving on it. We had cats called Major and Minor. They would just sit all over him. It was just cute."

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

JOHN LENNON'S HAIR TO BE AUCTIONED

A lock of John Lennon's hair is being auctioned off.The late Beatle gave his shorn strands to hairdresser Betty Glasgow - who worked as a stylist on the Fab Four's films 'Hard Day's Night' and 'Help' -along with a note saying: "To Betty, Lots of love and hair from John Lennon. "The piece is being sold by English auction house Gorringes, in Worthing, as part of 'The Betty Glasgow Collection of Beatles and Film Memorabilia' on December 12, and is expected to reach between £2,000 and £3,000. For safe-keeping Betty stuck the hair inside a copy of John's second book,'A Spaniard in the Works'.She admits she will be sad to sell the hair because it reminds her of the fantastic times she had with John and the other Beatles - Sir Paul McCartney, the late George Harrison and Ringo Starr.Betty said: "It was great fun working with the boys on the films. They were always together in a group and having a laugh. My job was to keep their hair in order as the film was made over three months, so their trademark, mop-top hair cuts had to be regularly trimmed."But although all their hairstyles looked the same to the outsider, I knew all their secrets - George Harrison had a very dry scalp and, of course, Ringo had a grey streak which he hid by brushing it forward!"

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

JOHN LENNON SPEAKS FROM THE GRAVE

John Lennon has visited his son Julian Lennon from beyond the grave.Julian was left shocked by the haunting moment which occurred more than 25 years after the Beatles legend's death while he was shooting a new film in Australia recently.Julian, who agreed to take part in an ancient ceremony with an Aboriginal tribe, was left speechless when he was handed a white feather by a tribe elder, a symbol of great significance to him.A source told Britain's Daily Express newspaper: It may sound strange but that was a very weird and emotional moment for Julian. He was left speechless. Not long before he died, John had told him, 'If anything ever happens to me, look for a white feather and you will know I am there for you, always looking out for you.' "Julian, 44, was in Australia to produce the film 'Whaledreamers' to raise awareness about the plight of whales and the Earth's oceans.He isn't the only person to have been visited by John since his death.Fellow Beatle Sir Paul McCartney believes John appeared to the band in the form of a white peacock during the recording of the 1995 Beatles single 'Free as a Bird'.As Paul, Ringo Starr and the now deceased George Harrison posed for a photograph outside the recording studio, the bird wandered into the shot.Paul said: "That was John. Spooky, eh? It was like John was hanging around."We felt that all through the recording. We put one of those spoof backwards recordings on the end of the single for a laugh, to give all those Beatles nuts something to do."Then we were listening to the finished single in the studio one night, and it gets to the end, and it goes, 'zzzwrk nggggwaaahhh jooohn lennnnnon qwwwrk.' I swear to God. We were like, 'It's John. He likes it!"Oasis singer Liam Gallagher also claims he was left in awe when John's spirit visited him in the middle of the night.The rocker - a self-confessed Beatles fanatic - said: "I was in Manchester at a friend's house having a sleep. I remember getting up and feeling really weird. I turned round and there I was, lying on the bed, and I sort of fell back into my body. There was a presence there and it was him, John Lennon."John was shot dead aged 40 in 1980 by deranged fan Mark Chapman as he entered the Dakota building in New York.

Sunday, June 10, 2007

BEATLE JOHN LENNON TALKED YOKO ONO OUT OF HAVING ABORTION IN 1975

JOHN LENNON was forced to persuade his wife YOKO ONO to keep the baby when she discovered she was pregnant in 1975, because she was ready to have an abortion. Ono, 74, admits she had just reconciled her relationship with the Imagine singer, and was worried a child would complicate things. She later gave birth to baby Sean Taro Ono Lennon on October 9th, 1975. She says, "I thought I should let John decide whether to keep it or not. We’d just got back together and I became pregnant very soon."I didn’t know if it was the right moment to have a child. I just didn’t want to burden him with something he didn’t want."He said, ‘Of course we’re going to keep it’ as if he was very upset by the remark."

Tuesday, May 29, 2007

POP STAR GEORGE MICHAEL DONATES JOHN LENNON PIANO TO VIRGINA TECH

The famed piano where John Lennon wrote 'Imagine'

British pop star GEORGE MICHAEL has made a £1.45 million ($2.9 million) donation to the Virginia Tech University massacre victims - in the shape of a piano that once belonged to JOHN LENNON. Michael bought the piano - on which the former Beatle composed his hit song Imagine - for £1.45 million a few years back, and hopes his gift will help to promote peace at the campus, where 33 people died after student Seung-Hui Cho went on a killing spree in April. His spokesman confirmed the delivery of the piano and added, "George’s deepest wish is to imagine a world of peace, a world without violence."

Monday, November 27, 2006

YOKO ONO CALLS FOR HEALING DAY FOR HUSBAND JOHN LENNON

Yoko Ono is calling for the anniversary of the death of her husband, John Lennon, to become a day of worldwide healing. In a full-page ad appearing in Sunday editions of The New York Times, Ono urges readers to mark the anniversary by apologizing to those who have suffered because of violence and war. "Every year, let's make December 8th the day to ask for forgiveness from those who suffered the insufferable," writes the former Beatle's widow.Ono urges readers to take responsibility for failing to intervene on behalf of victims around the world. "Know that the physical and mental abuse you have endured will have a lingering effect on our society," she writes in a portion of the letter directed to victims. "Know that the burden is ours." Ono was with Lennon when he was gunned down as he returned home from a recording studio on Dec. 8, 1980. The shooter, Mark David Chapman, remains in New York's Attica state prison. His fourth request for parole was denied last month. Of her own loss, Ono says: "I don't know if I am ready yet to forgive the one who pulled the trigger. . . . But healing is what is urgently needed now in the world."

Wednesday, October 18, 2006

YOKO ONO IN COURT AGAIN

Yoko Ono


Yoko Ono sued music company EMI Group PLC and a subsidiary for $10 million Wednesday, claiming she was cheated out of royalties due from the sale of music recordings by her late husband, John Lennon. The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan's state Supreme Court, accuses EMI and Capitol Records Inc. of violating a half-dozen agreements by "willfully and knowingly under reporting royalties" by hiding the "true use and disposition of Lennon's recordings."
Ono's three-page filing, which included a summons and notice but no detailed complaint, also accuses EMI and Capitol of "intentionally and systematically rendering dishonest and grossly deficient accounting statements."