Live In Toronto '69
(Shout Factory / Wienerworld)


In time for it’s Lp release during the Christmas of 1969, John Lennon introduced the world to his first major post Beatles musical vision care of his headlining performance at the famous 13 hour Live Peace In Toronto festival on September 13th, 1969. The show featured Lennon with his wife Yoko Ono together on stage playing “Cold Turkey” and a range of Beatles oldies backed up by future “Yes is the answer” drummer Alan White, Eric “Slowhand” Clapton, fresh out of Blind Faith and early Beatles confident, and the designer of Revolver, German concept artist Klaus Voorman on bass. Blazing away on lead guitar and occasional rhythm, Clapton’s playing with Lennon in Toronto is still the stuff of legend and he and White made the perfect backup for Lennon. Looking back it’s a cryan' shame these guys didn’t make a studio album together! Like a musical vision from yesteryear, Lennon’s performance with Plastic Ono Band is captured forever on the 2009 DVD release of John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band Live In Toronto ‘69. The DVD was released at the start of Summer 2009 in the U.S. on the Shout! Factory label with a simultaneous release in England from DVD specialists Wienerworld. The whole shebang is further lionized in the excellent 2009 DVD liner notes by Richie Yorke, who was with Lennon at Apple in London when he (Lennon) asked Yorke for advice regarding whether he should play the show! The Plastic Ono Band concert event was one of Lennon’s most triumphant solo shows ever. Decked out in the famous white suit and long face hiding beard that he appeared with on the Abbey Road Lp cover, Lennon didn’t disappoint. He was a man possessed on a set that encompassed ‘50s rock and roll classics, including songs made famous on various Beatles albums like Beatles VI (“Dizzy Miss Lizzy”) and the Beatles white album (“Yer Blues”). Of course on the original album, the six rock tracks that lead off the set as side A, were followed by two more (side 2) obviously more avant garde tracks featuring Yoko Ono, who also appears on the 50+ minute DVD in a bonus interview from 1988. Lennon and Ono’s DVD also features several concert opening tracks from Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis and Little Richard, who also has his own Live At The Toronto Peace Festival 1969 DVD just out on both Shout! Factory and Wienerworld. Fans of Lennon, Yoko and Clapton are well advised to pick up on this essential moment in rock and roll history that was so ably captured by noted filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker. /


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