Skip to comments.Review "We Are Plastic Ono Band" - Amid All That Experience, Innocence (Yoko Ono jams w/ Clapton)
Posted on 02/18/2010 4:49:42 PM PST by a fool in paradise
In some ways Yoko Ono is still an amateur. At We Are Plastic Ono Band, mixing concert and tribute at the Brooklyn Academy of Music on Tuesday night, her voice could be shaky and her stage patter giggly and unplanned. She looked genuinely surprised when the audience interrupted her and sang Happy Birthday. (She turns 77 on Feb. 18.) Shes also untamed. She can still let loose the bleats, wails, yips, howls and shrieks that alienated Beatles fans in the 1960s and inspired avant-rockers soon afterward.
Ms. Onos well-preserved air of naïveté and the license it gives her to say things simply and primally has been her artistic gift since the 60s...
We Are Plastic Ono Band brought together, for the first time in decades, members of the informal group John Lennon assembled in 1969: Eric Clapton on guitar, Jim Keltner on drums and Klaus Voorman on bass. Guests, including Paul Simon, Bette Midler and members of Sonic Youth, also performed songs by Ms. Ono and by John Lennon.
...Singing melodies, Ms. Ono sounded high and fragile, as deliberately exposed as the lyrics. And her wordless sounds were by no means random. They were ghostly, furious, dreamy, caustic, urgent, exultant, orgasmic. Between the abstractions were tidings of peace-and-love optimism, of loss and loneliness, and of uncertainty...
The reunited Plastic Ono Band was still proudly unrehearsed, crunchy and sinewy. Mr. Clapton sent slow-blues phrases curling around Ms. Onos voice in the elegiac Death of Samantha, and the band turned the blues-rock stomp of Dont Worry Kyoko (Mummys Only Looking for Her Hand in the Snow) into a full-fledged maelstrom. Naturally Ms. Ono ended the concert with Give Peace a Chance, the 1969 song that introduced the Plastic Ono Band, adding updated lyrics, flashing V signs and leading a singalong...
(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...
Sings like an angry cat...
It;s NOT Clapton...itr’s CLAPNER!! (per Clinton’s REALLY STUPID Surgeon General...can’t remember her name.
In other words, the source of her talent is her utter lack of talent. Nice work, if you can get it...
just remembered....Jocelyn Elders said “I LOVE Eric CLAPNER”!!
Cannot Sing PING
And, if Clapton's playing with her, she can't be all that bad.
So, as always, screw the times.
Rock on, Yoko.
points for the graphic, mate. You just took me back to my youth.
John would’ve tired of her schtick by 2010. He’d already left his first wife and had cheated with May Pang.
She’s been able to exercise control of 25% of the Beatles’ legacy for 30 years now, far longer than the band ever existed or she knew John.
In Yoko’s defense, I off this list that someone blogged on a radio station’s website last month:
“So I think that’s the wonderful part about it, but listen - I like Eric Clapner!” - Joycelyn Elders
IMO she is a talentless fame whore.
I don't see any slams in the article.
God doesn’t make mistakes. Although considering that Mark Chapman shot John Lennon and not Yoko, I can understand why some folks might think otherwise.
What’s the chance of getting Mark David Chapman a weekend pass?
Perfect analysis! And the secret to getting work under these circumstances is to marry a Beatle and then have him be willing to throw his own career away to keep you in the music business.
Rock on, Yoko.
Anyway Cheap Trick does an excellent cover of "I'm Losing You" from "Double Fantasy," but that's not really Yoko.
I thought she said LOVE....but hey, I got the CLAPNER part right.
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