Tribute from one John to another
IT WAS about 12 years after John Lennon’s passing that Australian actor and musician John Waters first took to the stage in tribute to the Beatles legend.
The Lennon: Through a Glass Onion - a part biography, part music show - has recently had a 16-week stint in New York and will come to Tweed Heads next weekend.
Waters said he looked forward to returning to Tweed for yet another show.
“I think we’ve played Twin Towns maybe twice or three times before,” Waters said.
“It seems to be a happy hunting ground for us, being a small show.”
He said they tended to have repeat audiences to the show, which not only pays tribute to Lennon’s music, but to his life more broadly.
“They know it’s not a happy-clappy party of Beatles covers,” Waters said.
He first took the show on the road in 1992.
“I wanted to do a show, back then, that really actually put together the things that I’d done,” he said. He never anticipated that tribute would run well into its third decade.
“It really struck a chord with people back then,” he said. “I stopped being surprised back when it continued on from 1992.”
Waters said the current tour embodied the “third incarnation” of the show, which began about 2011, but was still bringing some of the original bands back to the show time and time again. He said Yoko Ono had been “extremely gracious” about their requests to use Lennon’s name and material.
“She realised a small theatre production was the best way to deal with a man like that,” he said.
Paying tribute to Lennon’s life was significant to him as a musician and story-teller.
“John Lennon actually spoke the raw, unadorned truth,” he said. “I feel very strongly that I’ve come up with something that keeps the flame burning.”