John Lennon performs Imagine 'live' (18.04.75)
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John Lennon & BOMF: An overlooked, but brilliant, final performance from John Lennon and his band BOMF (Brothers of Mother F......!) who are backed in this 'live' version of 'Imagine' by the Val Parnell Orchestra as a part of this TV spectacular, which was made especially for 'Sir Lew Grade's 70th Birthday Celebrations' at the Hilton Hotel in New York (18.04.75).
Lennon had BOMF wear 'two faced' rubber masks. The masks were made especially for the event by the sculptor Ruby Jackson. Lennon's veiled jibe at Grade (later known as 'Lord Greed' in Eric Idle's/Neil Innes'/Lorne Michael's 1976 'Beatles' spoof 'The Rutles') was undertaken as a direct result of Grade's broken promise to sell the Beatles catalogue back to the Beatles. ATV Music included Nothern Songs (mainly comprising of the Beatles catalogue). Lew Grade had sold the catalogue on elsewhere.
Lennon subtly and brilliantly altered a line in this performance of Imagine to 'Imagine no immigration' as a direct response to the US Immigration Department who were denying him a 'Green Card Visa''.
(Lennon later got his Green Card.)
Rumour has it that John was being stalked by one Mark Chapman. A long haired Chapman look-a-like does appear to screen left, seated near to the front of the stage. Was Chapman really stalking Lennon as early as 1975? This rumour/allegation has never been proven. Judge for yourselves.
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