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Dress rehearsal

By popular demand a special once-in-a-lifetime ‘dress rehearsal’ performance has been added for fans on February 15th 2010 at BAM Howard Gilman Opera House, NYC.

From the press release: "Yoko was not happy that some of her most dedicated fans were shut out - so she came up with the idea of opening the doors to the public for a very rare concert experience. On February 15th, Brooklyn Academy of Music will host a dress rehearsal/warm-up show of Yoko Ono and her core band: Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda, and Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada, Shimmy Hirotaka Shimizu and Yuko Araki). They have never done anything like this before, and probably never will again. You will experience Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band in their rawest, most revealing moment. “It’s been incredible to watch the public demand soar for more Yoko Ono, following her wonderful new record, ‘Between My Head and the Sky’” said producer, Jared Geller. “Adding this dress rehearsal performance will allow audience members a unique opportunity to witness the creative process of one of the great performers of our time.”

Confirmed guests: Klaus Voorman & Jim Keltner from the original Plastic Ono Band, Jake Shears & Ana Matronic from Scissor Sisters, Thurston Moore & Kim Gordon from Sonic Youth, Justin Bond and Haruomi Hosono.

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Yoko Ono with the incredible, once-in-a-lifetime line-up of Justin Bond, Eric Clapton, Cornelius, Kim Gordon, Yuka Honda, Haruomi Hosono, Jim Keltner, Sean Lennon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Harper Simon, Paul Simon, Klaus Voormann & Martha Wainwright."

About Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band

"Launched in 1969 with the single "Give Peace a Chance", PLASTIC ONO BAND is known worldwide for its avant-garde music, film, art and activism. Early '70s albums by the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band have proven to be influential and ahead-of-their-time.

40 years later, Yoko has revived the name and spirit of PLASTIC ONO BAND, joined by son and co-producer Sean Lennon along with the creative Japanese musicians Haruomi Hosono, Yuka Honda and Cornelius (Keigo Oyamada, Naoki Shimizu and Yuko Araki).

Between My Head And The Sky (released 9/29/09) has garnered impressive critical acclaim, including four & five-star reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Spin, Uncut, Q, NME, Nylon, Pitchfork and others. Last year, Yoko was recognized with the prestigious Golden Lion lifetime achievement award at the Venice Biennale, and the Mojo Magazine Lifetime Achievement Award.

On Tuesday, February 16, 2010, Yoko will perform a very special concert featuring the "new" Plastic Ono Band, along with original members Eric Clapton and Klaus Voorman, plus an intriguing cast of special guests, friends & accomplices. It promises to be a unique, unpredictable and unforgettable evening."

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Lobby art installations

Wish Tree for BAM (Yoko Ono – 2010)
Apple (Yoko Ono – 1966)
Play It By Trust (Yoko Ono – 1966/1998)
Film No.4 “Bottoms” (Yoko Ono – 1966)
Toilet Thoughts Film No.3 poster (Yoko Ono 1968)
“Sky”, “Dream”, “War Is Over!”, “Imagine Peace” banners (Yoko Ono)

Welcoming Birds animation by Jordan Galland & illustration by Sean Lennon

Opening film by Jenny Golden & Sean Lennon

Act I

It Happened
Waiting For The D Train / Why (special guest Mark Ronson)
Between My Head and The Sky Rising (special guest Haruomi Hosono)
Walking On Thin Ice
Moving Mountains
Mind Train / Ask The Elephant
Higa Noboru

Act II

The Sun Is Down performed by Scissor Sisters (animation by Yoji Kuri from the film AOS (1964)
What A Bastard The World Is performed by Justin Bond
Oh Yoko performed by Gene Ween
Mulberry performed by Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore (FLY film (1970)
Yes, I’m Your Angel performed by Bette Midler
Silverhorse performed by Paul Simon and Harper Simon
Hold On performed by Paul Simon and Harper Simon
Yer Blues performed by Ono, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voormann, Jim Keltner & Sean Lennon Death of Samantha performed by Ono, Clapton, Voormann, Keltner & Sean Lennon
Don’t Worry Kyoko performed by Ono, Clapton, Voormann,Keltner & Sean Lennon

Give Peace A Chance by the Plastic Ono Band sans Eric Clapton

Martha Wainwright did not perform due to the recent death of her mother.

A private aftershow reception featured Sean Lennon leading the guests in singing Happy Birthday to Yoko who turned 77 on Thursday.

According to Beatle news briefs by The Examiner, "Yoko Ono's concert Tuesday night in New York was recorded and filmed and might be released, though there are no details on when."

Photos and videos from these shows

Photos by Kevin Mazur / WireImage

YouTube: Death of Samantha

YouTube: Don't Worry Kyoko

YouTube: Walking On Thin Ice

YouTube: Yes, I'm Your Angel with Bette Midler

YouTube: What a Bastard the World Is with Justin Bond

YouTube: Yer Blues

YouTube: Mulberry with Sonic Youth

YouTube: Give Peace a Chance

Flickr: Happy birthday to you, Yoko!


Oh, Yoko Ono / The Village Voice

Yoko Ono Honored by Eric Clapton, Paul Simon and More in New York by Spinner

Yoko Ono Takes Brooklyn With Friends by NYMag

Yoko Ono pushes the edge on eve of 77th birthday by NY Daily News

"Now Yoko's gonna do her thing, all over you" by steelbrassnwood

Review by Stereogum


Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band Oakland

According to SF Weekly, "Noise Pop just announced that the Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band show is one of only three U.S. performances for this year. The group will be playing songs off Between My Head and the Sky and other Ono selections."

Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band are Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, Yuka Honda and Cornelius: Keigo “Cornelius” Oyamada, Hirotaka “Shimmy” Shimizu, Yuko “mi-gu” Araki & Shahzad Ismaily.

Reviews of the Oakland show

San Francisco Music Blog

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Photos by Kevin Mazur / WireImage


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