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2.0 out of 5 stars So- so concert marred by Yoko's 'vocals'., 10 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band: Sweet Toronto 1969 [DVD] (DVD)
This is a must, maybe, for diehard Lennon fans, but it won't blow anyone's mind away. Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard perform a song each on the DVD till Lennon takes to the stage with Clapton on lead guitar- and sadly, Yoko Ono on backing vocals, if you can call the wailing of this attention seeking banshee singing.After performing some rock and roll classics he performs four of his own songs, most memorably, in my opinion,the Beatles' Yer Blues, which is on the White Album. His rendition of Cold Turkey is a bit lame, but if I'm correct this is the first unveiling of the song, so he can be forgiven. The worst part of the gig is Yoko's turn, two 'songs' where she wails like a demented red Indian passing a hard stool, as Clapton looks over at her with a mixture of contempt and incredulity. No wonder 'The Plastic Ono Band' played this one concert. Lennon made a big mistake making albums with Ono and should've put his foot down and told her where to go. She wasn't a musician and had contributed nothing to his music, and she certainly impaired my enjoyment of this DVD.
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Initial post: 7 Jul 2014 23:00:49 BDT
gille liath says:
You have to wonder why someone who can't stay in tune for the four words 'give peace a chance' thinks she should be on stage with a microphone. It's Lennon's fault really though - why did he let her?

Anyway, I don't think there was ever any intention of Eric Clapton becoming lennon's permanent lead guitarist. It was obviously a 'pickup' arrangement, as Lennon explains to the crowd ('we're just doing songs we all know'). Other than that, Plastic Ono Band simply meant Lennon and whatever backing musicians.

This is worth seeing mainly for Lennon doing that teen shuffle left over from his Beatlemania days. I suppose it was instinct but, with his Methuselah beard and specs, it's quite a sight.
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