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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 09:29 AM
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The only known recorded performance of John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band is finally coming to DVD. The historic concert was filmed on Sept. 13, 1969, at the Toronto Rock and Roll Revival festival, which also happened to be the eve of the release of Abbey Road – the Beatles’ last recorded work.

The new DVD, titled John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto ’69, will be released by Shout! Factory ( http://www.shoutfactorystore.com/prod.aspx?pfid=5257015 ) on June 23, and undoubtedly offer a remarkable look at one of the world’s most influential and popular artists at a pivotal point in his career.

At the time, Lennon had not performed live with the Beatles in nearly three years. Yet he decided – probably on a whim – to fly to Toronto with his wife Yoko Ono, guitarist Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Alan White to pay homage to his early musical heroes performing at the festival, namely Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry and Little Richard.

The events that transpired became the stuff of legend. The newly formed Plastic Ono Band, with Lennon at the helm, ended up sharing the stage with Diddley, Lewis and Richard, and delivered what many critics consider the “second most important concert” in rock and roll history.

The legendary concert – which also foreshadowed the official end of The Beatles – was captured by Oscar-nominated director D.A. Pennebaker (The War Room, Don’t Look Back, Monterey Pop). The DVD also features an interview with Yoko Ono from 1988.

Performances featured on John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live in Toronto ’69:

“Bo Diddley” – Bo Diddley
“Hound Dog” – Jerry Lee Lewis
“Lucille” – Little Richard
“Blue Suede Shoes” – John Lennon
“Money” – John Lennon
“Dizzy Miss Lizzy” – John Lennon
“Yer Blues” – John Lennon
“Cold Turkey” – John Lennon
“Give Peace A Chance” – John Lennon
“Don’t Worry Kyoko (Mummy’s Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow)” – Yoko Ono
“John, John (Let’s Hope For Peace)” – Yoko Ono
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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 10:14 AM
This is already on DVD. I think it's called "Sweet Toronto." Probably out of print. A few years ago in a store I was thinking about getting it, but somehow I never got around to it.

I do have the album LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO. Of course the John Lennon stuff is great, but an entire side of Yoko was a total waste. John could have definitely done a few more of his own tunes.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 10:17 AM
Yoko sounds like she was being beaten while rolling down the stairs, wrapped in a burlap sack.

 

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Yoko sounds like she was being beaten while rolling down the stairs, wrapped in a burlap sack.

She did crawl into a sack for most of the howl...good security up front, hippies or not there were a lot of people at Varsity Stadium that night that would have killed her with their bare hands. Spoiled the whole deal.

 

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  posted on 4/23/2009 at 11:00 AM
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This is already on DVD. I think it's called "Sweet Toronto." Probably out of print. A few years ago in a store I was thinking about getting it, but somehow I never got around to it.

I do have the album LIVE PEACE IN TORONTO. Of course the John Lennon stuff is great, but an entire side of Yoko was a total waste. John could have definitely done a few more of his own tunes.
Yikes! There are even copies on e-Bay starting around $6.

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 03:41 PM
Yeah, it's actually been on DVD twice before...
 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:12 PM
Claptons facial expressions to Yoko's screeching are priceless

You can almost hear him thinking 'WTF??????"


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“Lucille” – Little Richard


One of the highlights for sure

[Edited on 4/25/2009 by WharfRat]

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 07:30 PM
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Claptons facial expressions to Yoko's screeching are priceless

You can almost hear him thinking 'WTF??????"



You got that right. This is the first thing that came to my brainpan when I saw it.

 

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  posted on 4/24/2009 at 11:29 PM
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Claptons facial expressions to Yoko's screeching are priceless

You can almost hear him thinking 'WTF??????" :


Too right, did'nt F.Z. have a similar reaction when John Lennon and Yoko Ono crashed his gig at the Filmore East in '71 when he was in the middle of recording a live album?



 

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