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I couldn’t make this up if I tried. Yoko Ono celebrated John Lennon’s 70th birthday by giving herself a tribute in Los Angeles. On Saturday, John’s real birthday, she’ll be in Iceland. John Lennon was always associated with Iceland, as everyone knows. Whatever.

Here’s the report from my favorite music industry website, hitsdailydouble.com:

 “Yoko Ono celebrated her late husband John Lennon’s 70th birthday the only way she knew how, with an all-star tribute to her own music at the downtown L.A. Orpheum Theatre Saturday night, the second of two shows  in which son Sean Lennon led a newly reconstructed Plastic Ono Band through a selection of his mom’s greatest hits.

After an hour-long set that included her harrowing disco hit, “Walking on Thin Ice,” a series of guest stars, including actors Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Carrie Fisher and Vincent Gallo, along with Perry Farrell, RZA, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon and the warmly received experimental duo Tune-Yards, performed Yoko songs from throughout her career, as the guest of honor caterwauled and squawked in her patentede avant-garde bird calls.

The only John Lennon song (and the show’s sole “sing-along moment”) came with Sean and Paul Simon son Harper’s touching rendition of “Oh, Yoko.” The highlight was Lady Gaga, who appeared in a sheer, sparkly black pant-suit that showed off her own “Bottom,” perhaps a tribute to Yoko’s avant-garde film of the same name, as the two ended the evening writhing around together on top of the piano like Michele Pfeiffer in The Fabulous Baker Boys, Gaga thanking the pioneering Ono for “being so brilliant and such an inspiration to so many women.”

Those expecting versions of “Cold Turkey” or “Imagine” went home disappointed, though there was a closing jam on “Give Peace a Chance.”

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6 replies to this post
  1. The We Are Plastic Ono Band shows, as tributes to Ono, were widely reported on and held in Japan (last year) and Brooklyn earlier this year (in Feb.). This story could have been fact checked. Instead, journalists jumped to the assumption that because of the proximity to Lennon’s birthday, this would be a tribute to Lennon. It was never intended as such. Harper Simon’s comment (which you quote about the only “sing along” song in the show) was taken out of context. He said it was okay that this song was not written by Yoko (in a Yoko tribute show) because it was written “about” her. It’s truly hateful for you to report this garbage as “fact.” These shows were not billed as nor promoted as not ever intended to be tributes to Lennon.

  2. What can one say? Yoko is one of those(only claim to fame)posthume divas(like Priscilla Presley) who spend the rest of their lives hanging on the coattails of someone’s legacy because they have little or none of their own. Ridiculous!!!!! MMH

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