Photo Set #2: 2012 John Lennon Tribute Concert

September 22, 2012

International reggae star Maxi Priest joined with local artists at the John Lennon Tribute Concert last night [Sept 21] at the Botanical Gardens. The concert was part of the first-ever John Lennon Double Fantasy Bermuda Tribute, which was organized by Tony Brannon.

The Tribute also included a special sculpture made by local artist Graham Foster and placed at the Botanical Gardens, the ‘Imagine the Art of John Lennon’ art exhibit at Masterworks, and the release of a Double CD.

The series of events were inspired by the fact that John Lennon was himself inspired by the island after spending an extended vacation in Bermuda in 1980. The experience sparked his musical genius, helping to break a 5-year writer’s block. The resulting comeback album was entitled Double Fantasy, named for a flower he had seen in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens.

Before his murder, Lennon credited both his ocean crossing and the time he spent in Bermuda with revitalising his creative energies. He explained to interviewers how he and wife Yoko Ono [who had stayed in New York to take care of business] collaborated over the phone while he was on the island.

“I was at a dance club one night in Bermuda,” Lennon told Rolling Stone in an interview conducted just three days before he was shot to death. “Upstairs, they were playing disco, and downstairs, I suddenly heard ‘Rock Lobster’ by the B-52′s for the first time.

“Do you know it? It sounds just like Yoko’s music, so I said to meself, ‘It’s time to get out the old axe and wake the wife up!’ We wrote about 25 songs during those three weeks, and we’ve recorded enough for another album.”

Performers for last night’s Concert included the Bermuda School of Music, McCartney K, Joy T Barnum, Johnathan Frith, Christina Frith, Heather Nova, The Von Friths, Bailey & Talluza Tzuke, Judie Tzuke, The Von Tzukes, Paul Muggleton, Bailey Outerbridge, Steve Easton, Mia Chambray, K. Gabrielle/Kassandra Caines, Phil Morrison, Roy Young, Tiffany Paynter, Michael Cacy, Bermuda Folk Club, Chewstick, Uzimon, Biggie Irie, Errol Reid, Robery “Sai” Emery, The Love Singers which included Ed Christopher and Tourism Minister Wayne Furbert, as well as Maxi Priest. View all our footage of the John Lennon Tribute Concert here.

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  1. redhot says:

    what a night. UZIMON destroyed it!

  2. somuchmore says:

    Congrats to Tony Brannon for puttng on a fantastic show last night and show casing Bermuda talent! great mixture of black n white people coming together in the name of Love!! since this was a Bermuda Tourism funded event, i wonder how many visitors flew in for it????

  3. Victor says:

    Compares more than favourably to Jim Kerwin’s Bermuda Music Festival last time out. Just goes to show the value of authentic, deep rooted, home grown productions as opposed to contrived, slick imports that cost a lot more but just do not get it. Great Job Tony. I think I know a Music Festival that needs you.

  4. Victor says:

    Also, you too Michael.

  5. Victor says:

    And without millions of dollars of Government subsidies…

  6. Big says:

    Yes great show what’s up next year Tony?

  7. Rumandcoke says:

    To Tony Brannon and Michael Freisenbruch…..
    Congratulations on a spectacular evening for Bermuda. Shows that your vision, planning and determination could make it the success that it was. Heartfelt thank you for all the hard work that went into it over many months with many people.
    We loved it and are still rockin’ today after a hard day’s night!

  8. observer says:

    awesome!!!! One of the best shows Bermuda has seen. Tony job well done. Bermuda has so much talent that I was blown away listening to them. What a shame we can’t have more of these, perhaps once a month?? Moneys can go to sponser more Music and Arts programs, or to a fund that helps poor talented kids to have burseries for further education. The tourist will have somewhere to go, we Bermudians will have somewhere to go and the local talent can display their worth. Who knows where this can go. I am excited and it was good to see EVERYONE happy and being together. Tony for tourism minister!!!!! what a showcase indead……….