John Lennon and Frank Zappa at the Fillmore East (1971)



Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention with Flo & Eddie

W. special guests John Lennon & Yoko Ono

6/6/1971

Closing of the Fillmore East

New York City, NY


At the insistence of the artist Andy Warhol, the Lennons perform live with Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention at New York's Fillmore East. Prior to their performance, the Lennons keep security tight by clearing the backstage area completely. Kip Cohen, the manager of the Fillmore, remarks: "It was like the Jews being driven from Amsterdam." Within ten minutes, the wings have cleared and the place is like a tomb, except for the second-floor dressing room where John and Yoko briefly rehearse with Zappa and his band, watched by the privileged few Fillmore 'hangers-on'. Then, coming on stage as part of the Zappa/Mothers encore, John and Yoko perform "Well (Baby Please Don't Go)", "Jamrag", "Scumbag" and "Aü". Yoko arranges to have a movie camera capture the unique performance on 16mm color film. An audio of the performance is later released on the double-album John Lennon and Yoko Ono: Sometime In New York City. For the release, Klaus Voorman is later required to overdub the bass parts.


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