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18/02/2013

Yoko Ono 80TH BIRTHDAY TODAY, FEB 18

YOKO ONO 80TH BIRTHDAY TODAY, FEB 18

PERFORMS WITH PLASTIC ONO BAND AT VOLKSBÜHNE, BERLIN

Sunday February, 17 —  One of the most daring and influential artists of our time, Yoko Ono, celebrated her eightieth birthday with a sold-out performance to an energetic and hugely responsive crowd at the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin. YOKO ONO PLASTIC ONO BAND was led by her son, Sean Ono Lennon, who collaborated with Yoko on her critically-acclaimed 2009 record, Between My Head And The Sky.

Guests joining Yoko on stage included Peaches, Michael Stipe, Robyn Hitchcock and Rufus Wainwright & Martha Wainwright, who sang “Happy Birthday” in English and German. Jiga, Eva and Masumi, a local Berlin synth-pop trio, opened the show with their song “Hey, Yoko.”

 

Musicians

Sean Lennon – guitar, piano, bass

Yuka C. Honda- keyboard / laptop (Cibo Matto)

Yuko Araki – drums (Cornelius)

Nels Cline – guitar  (Wilco)

Michael Leonhart – trumpet (Steely Dan / Donald Fagen)

Charlotte Kemp Muhl – bass, guitar (Ghost of a Saber Tooth Tiger)

Jared Samuel -keyboard (Invisible Familiars)

Set list

It Happened

Waiting For The D Train

Between My Head And The Sky

Moving Mountains

Calling

There’s No Goodbye

Walking On Thin Ice

Rising

Yes, I’m A Witch

Cheshire Cat

Mindtrain

Higa Noboru

Give Peace A Chance

Earlier in the week, on February 15, Yoko Ono’s retrospective, HALF-A-WIND SHOW opened at the Schirn Kuntshalle in Frankfurt and will tour to major museums across Denmark, Austria and Spain in 2013 and 2014. Numerous projects are slated for 2013 including the reissue of Ono’s albums from 1968-1985, a career-spanning art book, Infinite Universe At Dawn highlighting six decades of her work, and the curation of the 2013 Meltdown Festival at Southbank Centre in London in June.

Over the past few years, Ono has achieved a record string of nine consecutive #1 hits on the Billboard dance charts. Her latest dance single, “Hold Me” was released last week. In September, Ono released the improvisational YOKOKIMTHURSTON album with Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon of Sonic Youth. Other recent  collaborations have included recordings and performances with Eric Clapton, Lady Gaga, RZA, Antony, Ornette Coleman, the Flaming Lips, Pet Shop Boys, Mark Ronson and tUnE-yArDs.

Between My Head And The Sky received 4 & 5-star rave reviews from Rolling Stone, Mojo, Q, Uncut, NME, Spin & many more, and was picked among Mojo Magazine’s top albums of the year. Additionally, Mojo honored Yoko with a Lifetime Achievement Award and she received the Golden Lion Lifetime Achievement Award at The Venice Biennale.

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