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In 1990 Yoko Ono organized a charity tribute concert for John Lennon to be held on May 5th of that year at Pier Head on the banks of the Mersey River in Liverpool. Proceeds were to go to what she called the Greening of the World John Lennon Scholarship Fund. Many performers participated in the event to include Elton John, Natalie Cole, Billy Joel, Randy Travis, Lenny Kravitz, Hall & Oates, Michael Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, U2 and lots more – although many of the performers did not actually make an appearance but sent in exclusive video performances to be screened at the show. Each artist presented their own interpretation of a Beatles or solo song from John Lennon’s career.
A television special was aired in the U.K. of the concert on the same evening it was given and on April 15, 1991 a videocassette of the event was released called Lennon: A Tribute. Unfortunately, the show has never seen a re-release since the VHS issuance and it is now long out-of-print.
Ringo Starr prepared a great video for the concert of his own vocal performance of an old Beatles classic that John previously sang called “I Call Your Name” (view that performance here). Ringo is joined by Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne and Jim Keltner on the recording.
Although Paul McCartney’s 1989/90 World Tour was taking place at the time of this event, he also managed to contribute footage for the show from one of his recent performances at the Tokyo Dome. It was June 1987 when Paul first made a studio recording of his hybrid arrangement of the early Beatles classics “Love Me Do” and “P.S. I Love You” and the current tour was the first time he had performed it live. He performed “P.S. Love Me Do” in his encore set in Tokyo on March 9th, 11th and 13th. This recording, only released previously on the aforementioned VHS twenty-one years ago, is most likely from the 11th. Paul is joined onstage with his “90′s” band – Linda McCartney, Hamish Stuart, Robbie McIntosh, Paul ‘Wix’ Wickens and Chris Whitten.
Extra info: Another live version of “P.S. Love Me Do” recorded the following month on April 21, 1990 at Maracara Stadium, Rio de Janero, Brazil was released as a b-side on a U.K. CD single released on October 8, 1990 which featured a live recording of The Beatles track “Birthday” as the a-side. This single was released as a “taster” for the upcoming Tripping The Live Fantastic double live CD set released in November 1990.
Here are some Amazon links to read more on, or purchase, some music related to this post:
1) Tripping the Live Fantastic – 1990 2-CD full set with the best of Paul McCartney’s 1989/90 World Tour.
2) Tripping the Live Fantastic Highlights – single CD “highlights” version of the 1990 CD set Tripping the Live Fantastic with the best of Paul McCartney’s 1989/90 World Tour.