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Cliffg37
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Yesterday I went to see the show "Just Imagine." This is not a Beatles tribute show, nor is it even a John Lennon tribute show. Tim Piper does an amazing job of looking, sounding, and singing like John Lennon. Between the songs he tells amazing biographical stories of John, starting with his birth in 1940 and ending with his relationship with Yoko and him finally becoming what his dad could not be; a successful father. John's murder is mentioned in the beginning, but the focus of the show is not about that.

Tim uses the songs of John Lennon and the Beatles to punctuate the stories he tells. The show is wonderful I recommend it highly. It is showing through January in a 200 seat theater near downtown Los Angeles. Tickets are very reasonably priced.
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Thanks for the heads-up Cliff - I live 3 blocks from that theater and will definitely go. The tix are half off from Goldstar, I notice.
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John Lennon a successful father? .... LOL!
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I wished I lived closer. Sounds like a great show.
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On 2013-10-21 12:31, arthur stead wrote:
John Lennon a successful father? .... LOL!


Yes! John Lennon was a great Father to Sean.

John Lennon was not such a great Father to Julian but with all the things going on so fast (world travel and recording) I doubt that many could have done much better.
John and Julian got together later in John's life and all was understood and forgiven. Besides, that is the private life of John and his Family and really is not our business.
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On 2013-10-21 12:31, arthur stead wrote:
John Lennon a successful father? .... LOL!


Watched a recent interview with Julian Lennon and he does talk about difficulties in the past with Yoko and that John wasn't always there, but, that John was supportive of Julian later and regretted not being there for him. In the interview it is quite clear that Julian loves and misses his father. I would say that indicates a pretty successful father after all.

I know that you used to play with big acts like Peter Frampton, Arthur. I am just curious if you ever got to meet John.

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PS: I am a musician also: keys and vocals. Just curious if you are still playing keys and what instruments you are using in your current rig.
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Hi Vlad,

I never met John, but I am a personal friend of Julian's. Don't want to go into personal details, but since I know the real truth, I stand by my first sarcastic remark. Makes me think that some parts of the "Just Imagine" show must be pure fiction.

About Frampton: Yes, I toured around the world with him in 1980 thru '81. In those days I used up to 6 keyboards, but most frequently a Yamaha Electric Grand Piano, Moog Prophet 5, Hammond B3, and a Hohner Clavinet. On guitar I used a Fender Telecaster and a Martin acoustic 12-string. We recorded the album Breaking All the Rules in 1981.

Then I moved on and toured with a number of other acts, but still stayed in touch with Peter. Co-wrote the song Hiding From A Heartache for his 1985 Premonition album, then in 1999 we performed together again on VH1's Hard Rock Live. In 2005 he persuaded me to go back on the road with him, so we spent the next 2 years touring the globe. This time I used a Korg Trinity 88 keyboard, midi'd to several rack mount synths, including Roland, Yamaha and Korg units. For guitar, one of Peter's lovely Les Paul's, plus my Telecaster and acoustic guitars. In 2007 we recorded a 2-hour live concert for PBS Soundstage (which was later edited and broadcast as two separate 1 hour specials). And we recorded Peter's Fingerprints album, for which we won a Grammy Award.

Finally (since you asked): these days I'm happy not to do all that traveling (except when I lecture at magic conventions), and I compose music from my home studio. I use Logic Pro 9 and I have a vast library of sounds. My control keyboard is an old Roland A-33. Still have my trusty Telecaster, plus a Fender bass, and a steel string and a nylon string acoustic guitar.
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In one of those weird NYC moments, I was walking through Central Park one day, trying to make it to a college class I was late for, and John and little Sean were walking together on the same path, coming towards me. I nodded, he nodded, and life went on.
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On 2013-10-21 14:45, irossall wrote:

John Lennon was not such a great Father to Julian but with all the things going on so fast (world travel and recording) I doubt that many could have done much better.



Julian was 3 when the Beatles stopped touring in 1966. They put out 1 album per year. So, there was PLENTY of time to raise a child properly ( and many in his position did so ).
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My mother used to work for someone who lived in The Dakota so I was there frequently. Sitting in what might have been the world's slowest elevator some time in '79 when the doors opened and Yoko walked in followed by John! We talked, but he was distracted.
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