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Latest news as of Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Sean Lennon and Miley Cyrus to sing Happy Xmas on SNL 

Singer Miley Cyrus told Howard Stern this morning that she and Sean Ono Lennon will sing John Lennon and Yoko Ono's "Happy Xmas (War is Over)" on Saturday Night Live this weekend. The singing star is the musical guest on the Dec. 15 edition of the sketch comedy series, which will be hosted by Matt Damon.

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Monday, December 10, 2018
Yoko and fans pay tribute to John Lennon on 38th anniversary of his death

On Saturday, on the 38th anniversary of the murder of John Lennon, Yoko took to Twitter to share his philosophy, writing, "Everything you think and do affects our society. So think peace. Start with that." Fans gathered at his memorial Strawberry Fields in Central Park to share a moment of silence and sing Lennon's songs.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Thursday, December 6, 2018
Inside the hotel room where John and Yoko had their 1969 bed-in

The suite where John Lennon and Yoko Ono had their Montreal bed-in, on the 17th floor of the Fairmont Queen Elizabeth, has been revamped recently as part of a hotel-wide refurbishment, costing more than $100 million. The suite features artefacts from the bed-in, including room service orders and housekeeping records.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, December 5, 2018
How Yoko Ono hooked John Lennon by relentlessly pursuing him

John Lennon became mesmerized by Yoko Ono after she relentlessly pursued him everywhere he went, a new book reveals. Yoko initially targeted Lennon to be her art sponsor, claiming to have bumped into him out of sheer luck at an art gallery in London, writes author Ray Connolly in Being John Lennon: A Restless Life.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Wednesday, November 28, 2018
John Lennon joined Elton John onstage in NYC on this day in 1974

On this date in 1974, John Lennon joined Elton John onstage at one of Elton's record-breaking shows at New York City's Madison Square Garden, performing a version of Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds and a fiery version of I Saw Her Standing There. Sadly, this was the last time John Lennon performed live in front of an audience.

Source: Creative Loafing
Monday, November 26, 2018
The Queen's pet peeves include John Lennon

According to Rachel Russell, a journalist for Express, Queen Elizabeth II hates a number of things, including that she found The Beatles' John Lennon "vulgar" after meeting him at a Royal Variety Show. In fact, the monarch was reportedly "delighted and relieved" when the singer returned his Order of the British Empire in 1969.

Source: International Buisness Times, UK
Wednesday, November 21, 2018
Star-studded 2015 John Lennon tribute concert being released in January

On December 5, 2015, stars from various musical genres, including rock legends John Fogerty, Steven Tyler and Peter Frampton, came together in New York City to commemorate what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday. A CD, DVD and two-LP set documenting the event are scheduled to be released starting in January.

Source: WFJA FM
Monday, November 19, 2018
John Lennon's killer says he feels shame as he's denied parole again

The man who murdered John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980 outside his New York City apartment told a parole board he feels "more and more shame" every year for gunning down the former Beatle. The board once again denied the killer's release in this year's hearing, whose transcript was released by New York prison officials on Thursday.

Fan Content Warning  Source: Fox News
Thursday, November 15, 2018
Rosanne Cash to receive John Lennon award for gun violence activism

Rosanne Cash has been named the recipient of the "John Lennon Real Love Award," to be presented at the 38th Annual John Lennon Tribute concert on Nov. 30 in New York City. Cash has been an outspoken advocate for gun control and instrumental in encouraging fellow artists to stand up to the National Rifle Association.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 13, 2018
Man who tried to sell stolen John Lennon diaries charged in Germany

A 59-year-old man was charged in Germany on Monday on suspicion of trying to sell stolen diaries and other items that belonged to John Lennon. The suspect commissioned an auction house in Berlin in 2014 to sell the items, which were stolen from Yoko Ono and included letters, a Beatles concert recording and a pair of Lennon's glasses.

Source: Reuters News
Thursday, November 8, 2018
50 Years Ago: John and Cynthia Lennon's tumultuous marriage ends

On Nov. 8, 1968, John and Cynthia Lennon's divorce became official. It brought to an end a tumultuous romance, all within the growing shadow of Beatlemania. They met in 1958 at the Liverpool College of Art. While she had suspicions of John's infidelity over the years, Cynthia ignored the whispers regarding affairs.

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Thursday, November 1, 2018
Yoko Ono's latest LP continues career of meritless prominence

Yoko Ono is one of the most unbearably pretentious and talentless voices in popular music, and that status remains unchanged on her most recent effort, "Warzone," a stupendously pretentious assemblage of avant-garde schlock that utterly fails to enthrall, entertain or provoke thought, three things it seems to try to do more than anything else.

Source: Collegiate Times
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Universal Pictures to develop a John Lennon and Yoko Ono film

In news first reported by Deadline Hollywood, it has been revealed that Jean-Marc Vallee, who directed "Dallas Buyers Club" and "Big Little Lies", is set to direct a film about John Lennon and Yoko Ono for Universal Pictures. Yoko will be co-producing the currently untitled drama about Ono and her relationship with Lennon.

Source: Variety
Monday, October 22, 2018
Mixing John Lennon's Imagine: Recording engineer Rob Stevens Warning: Page opens with sound

Rob Stevens mixed John Lennon's Live in New York City and Menlove Avenue albums, six years after the Beatle's death, in 1986. Over the years, Stevens has worked with Yoko Ono on many of the reissues and compilations of Lennon's solo work. He's created the Raw Studio Mixes on the new John Lennon Imagine Ultimate Collection.

Source: CNET, UK
Jeff Bridges on his bed-in with Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono in New York

Jeff Bridges, Yoko Ono and Ringo Starr got in bed this September in New York recreating Yoko Ono and John Lennon's iconic 1969 Vietnam War protests to support New York city schools. Bridges said, "I was very happy about being invited. It was such an inspiring kind of absurd surreal way of say, hey listen, just give peace a chance!"

Source: Truth Celebs
Friday, October 19, 2018
That insane time Elton John jammed with John Lennon

Having played nearly 3,000 shows with Elton John since 1972, guitarist Davey Johnstone says it's tough to pick favorites. But there is one 1974 concert at the Garden that stands out, that's when John Lennon joined them onstage on Thanksgiving Day when Elton played piano on the Beatle legend's single Whatever Gets You Thru the Night.

Source: NY Post
Thursday, October 18, 2018
Name another 85-year-old making music this combative

In Warzone, reworkings of what you might call Yoko Ono's big hits are absent. There's no Walking on Thin Ice, nothing from 1981's Season of Glass, her most commercially successful solo album. Warzone proves that at 85, its creator is still capable of raging away with an undimmed intensity. A slip into genteel retirement looks unlikely.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Wednesday, October 17, 2018
John Lennon's face returns to Prague's iconic wall

First painted following the 1980 assassination of John Lennon, throughout the years Prague's John Lennon Wall filled up with graffiti and Beatles' lyrics. In the late '80s it was the source of a political clash between the communist regime and young Czechs, and was painted over in 2014 on the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution.

Source: Expats.cz
Book Review: Being John Lennon: A Restless Life by Ray Connolly

There are several "definitive" biographies of John Lennon, and even more books claiming to provide the ultimate lowdown on the Beatles' well-documented career. Veteran journalist and screenwriter Ray Connolly's book "Being John Lennon: A Restless Life" offers insights into Lennon's complex, contradictory character.

Source: The Guardian, UK
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
John Lennon mural part of Paint Love Across America tour

A pair of artists visiting Chicago for a month to paint messages of love on buildings didn't plan to paint John Lennon's face and the lyrics to his "Imagine" on a garage in the Bucktown neighborhood of Chicago. It just felt right. "Everyone is depressed, what we all need right now is love," said traveling graffiti artist Menace Two.

Source: Block Club Chicago
Review: John Lennon's Imagine Ultimate Collection

Originally a 10-track, 40-minute album, John Lennon's chart-topping Imagine has been expanded for this release to include...well, more than you could have possibly imagined. Four CDs deliver 61 tracks and upwards of four-and-a-half hours of playing time. The set also includes two Blu-ray discs with 88 additional selections.

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Monday, October 15, 2018
John Lennon's birthday celebration packs Louisiana pub

"We all know what John Lennon would tell us if he were with us today. He would tell us to piss off," said Enoch "Doyle" Jeeter of Enoch's Irish Pub in Monroe, Louisiana. With a packed pub, it was obvious everyone did just the opposite. The 39th annual John Lennon birthday celebration featured local bands playing Lennon and Beatles songs.

Source: The Hawkeye
Thursday, October 11, 2018
Opinion: Yoko Ono destroys John Lennon's Imagine with her new version

In 1971 John Lennon wrote one of the greatest songs of all time. Imagine went on to be an inspiring anthem for the ages, it could never be matched or improved. Until now. Yoko Ono has decided she knows better. Released this week, her version starts off like fingers scraping on a blackboard and gets worse from there.

Source: Irish Central
Wednesday, October 10, 2018
Sean Lennon shares heartwarming pic on his and John Lennon's birthday

Sean Lennon shares his father's passion for music, but Sean and John also share a birthday. To celebrate their special day, the son of the Beatles legend and Yoko Ono took to his Instagram on Tuesday to honor his father with an adorable photo of the two. Sean Lennon turned 43 on Oct. 9, the same day John Lennon would have turned 78.

Source: Inquisitr
Thursday, October 4, 2018
John Lennon's Imagine gets new life at Grammy Museum event

Expansive new mixes, and newly unearthed demos and alternates of John Lennon's chart-topping 1971 album "Imagine" were publicly unveiled at L.A.'s Grammy Museum on Wednesday night. Remix engineer Paul Hicks, director Andrew Solt, drummer Jim Keltner, and Lennon friend and confidant Elliot Mintz appeared at the event.

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