Wednesday, 17 February 2010

Clapton, Paul Simon Honor Yoko At NYC Gig

Some of rock and roll's biggest names turned up at New York's Brooklyn Academy of Music to pay tribute to Yoko Ono earlier this week. The show, which was billed under the name of Ono's 1970s supergroup, Plastic Ono Band, featured performances by Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Bette Midler, the Scissor Sisters, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore and Ono's son, Sean Lennon. The group revived several John Lennon classics - including "Give Peace a Chance" and "Yer Blues" - and also performed a number of Ono's solo works.

The recent performance of the late Beatle's work is not the only attention currently finding John Lennon. In an upcoming biopic, Nowhere Boy, filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood shines a light on the legendary songwriter's early life. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal after the film's recent debut at the Sundance Film Festival, Taylor-Wood explained that it was not easy finding an actor to play one of the biggest celebrities of all time.

"I started afresh, with a new casting director," she explained. "For Lennon, we saw over 300 people, but I spotted Aaron [Johnson] around seven or eight. So in the back of my mind, I knew he was right for the role, but I was just double-checking." "Same for McCartney," she added. "We left no stone unturned. It was a challenge, because we saw a hell of a lot of lookalikes, and people who could sing or play guitar like them, but I had to bat that away and find someone who embodied their spirit."

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