Posted in music | tour dates on January 12, 2010

Yoko Ono

Yoko's Plastic Ono Band will be playing a special show at BAM's Gilman Opera House on Tuesday, February 16th. The show includes guest spots from original/former Plastic Ono band members Eric Clapton, bassist Klaus Voormann and drummer Jim Keltner (one former "member," Ringo Star, isn't scheduled to be there, though he is in NYC on Jan 14th). Other guests include Justin Bond, Kim Gordon, Bette Midler, Thurston Moore, Mark Ronson, Scissor Sisters, Martha Wainwright, Haruomi Hosono, Paul Simon and son Harper Simon, and current Ono Band members Cornelius, Yuka Honda and Sean Lennon. Tickets are on sale.

Plastic Ono Band (sans guests) will also be at this year's Noise Pop Festival in San Fran on Febraury 23rd. The group's new sprawling record, Between My Head And The Sky, the first 'Ono Band' record since the '70s, came out last September. A flyer for the show is below...

Yoko Ono

February 16, 2010
Gilman Opera House
Brooklyn Academy of Music
30 Lafayette Ave, Brooklyn NY 11217



Comments (39)

go away yoko

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 11:50 AM

I can't wait for her book...NOT!

Posted by TXn | January 12, 2010 11:57 AM

That list of special guests is a who's-who of annoying shitbags in the world of music.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 12:09 PM

^^ Yep. I'm dying to hear Bette Midler and Kim Gordon duet on "Give Peace A Chance". Cats all ove the world will be screaming in pain, and it will sound like the very same thing coming from the stage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 12:11 PM

cool guests just cant stand yokos voice

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 12:23 PM

Of course she needs that many guests to sell tickets.

Posted by michaelways | January 12, 2010 12:25 PM

insulting yoko was lame in the '60s and it's lame now.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 12:37 PM

Of course, the usual comments.

Will any of you folks, when/if you reach Yoko's age, be onstage fronting a band?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 12:48 PM

To 12:48:
Yes, I will form a band and use my vastly overrated dead husband's femur bones as drumsticks. Our son will Sean will open the show and make everyone puke.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:00 PM


Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:04 PM

12:48- the above responses serve you right for making such a stupid comment when everyone's busy hating. go elsewhere!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:10 PM

I'm booking your flight to a spiritual retreat to India. Please come back when you have obtained enlightenment or at least a good tika masala recipe.

Posted by Luv Bug | January 12, 2010 1:18 PM

that dude looks gay

Posted by gay dar | January 12, 2010 1:18 PM

Yoko wrote "Mrs. Lennon", which appeared on Fly in 1971. Four years later it shows up as "Holocaust" on Big Stars "Sister Lovers". Thank you Yoko and plagiarism.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:33 PM

I don't know. She's kind of a genius for getting this sort of thing together. Unreal!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:44 PM

If Clapton, Cornelius, Paul Simon and Thurston Moore agree to be part of something, I'd say it's pretty legit.

All of the aforementioned names > YOU!

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:56 PM

I wasn't going until I noticed Harper Simon was playing.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 1:58 PM

you're all such sad c*nts.
what a shame you won't be there.

she's 76 and still kicks ass-
let's see if they'll be saying that about you.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 2:35 PM

this show sells even quicker than most of you lil fuckers ejaculate

Posted by anon | January 12, 2010 3:07 PM

not reading comments but probably filled with losers who listen to the dirty projectors. the album "fly" is better than anything any of you will accomplish in your lives, rofl

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 3:47 PM

This is a great lineup! Every artist is phenominal!

Posted by wingwalker77 | January 12, 2010 3:58 PM

have any of you ever actually even heard yoko ono perform or are you just making fun of her because your parents did?

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 8:21 PM

I kind of agree with 12:37, over hating Yoko Ono.

Posted by Anonymous | January 12, 2010 8:53 PM

Did you understand the music Yoko
Or was it all in vain? ["Shane!"]
The bitch said something mystical ["Herro"]
So I stepped back on the kerb again

Posted by roger waters | January 12, 2010 11:14 PM

Its not often I read so many creative observations to a concert posting.You've a clever bunch! All I am saying is give her a chance. She's out there all day everyday encouraging people all over the world to be kinder to one another. The concert is probably sold out. The experience will be inspirational for those who go. Anti-Yoko knee-jerk reactions are based on old information.

Posted by Joan | January 13, 2010 2:48 PM

is she a baker? she looks like a pastry chef.

Posted by Anonymous | January 15, 2010 9:25 AM

I am sad that the world has not yet discovered the genius of Ms. Ono, she is an incredible performer, and artist. If you are living in the past, and old generations of thoughts that were put out a million years are dead!The line up she is bringing wiht her should indicate what her peers know of her...her kindness, compassion, and she can wail, and do so much on stage...her cabaret stuff of past was amazing.
U did not even know she did that...
So, wake up, and if you cannot say something the very dark world..say nothing.
She does not need the cash...
It is a gift...
sad for many they still....after all the years, do not 'get it'...
Best wishes to you all
god bless

Posted by james | January 16, 2010 6:52 AM

I cant wait for this concert in Brooklyn. So many great musicians will be joining Yoko Ono

Posted by Yoko Ono Tour Dates | January 18, 2010 12:25 PM

My problem with Yoko is that she is a user. She used John in life and now in death - always has. The only reason anyone pays attention to her is because of her association with John Lennon.

She is an artist in her own mind. I understand why her son, Sean, will participate, but for the life of me I can't really understand why any of the others are joining in this concert. It's all about her. Maybe it is out of respect for John that they are participating - I just don't know.

If she was a true musical artist in her own right, then she wouldn't need all these other performers.

One great thing about today's technology is that you can download the songs you want from the Plastic Ono Band's original albums. With the old records, you had to get up and move the needle over her cuts on the albums. Believe me, her stuff was awful. I challenge anyone to download just her "music" and listen to it for more than 60 seconds.

If she is doing some good things for the world, that's great. Good for her. But, this idea that she is some kind of genius artist is just laughable.

With this upcoming concert, if she's smart, she'll limit her time and vocals to a minimum. The other real musicians look worth the ticket - unless she is the one dominating the entire show. Buyer beware.

Posted by rusty schucklefurd | February 12, 2010 3:45 PM

All of you twenty something cynical nerds with all your hating????? We of the older generation never saw being a nerd as being cool, or posing, or playing with hi tech rather than creating art, or selling out on ourselves, our neighborhoods, or our art to the corporate culture..........Yoko Ono was an established Avant Garde artist before John Lennon even began the Beatles, married to a Japanese modern classical composer for awhile, friends with John Cage in the original avant garde movement in Soho, when Soho was a haven for artists not high end trend like now..... Lennon actually pursued her more than she pursued him (see "I'm so Tired" on the White Album) so that's that with that issue which is soooo old anyway.........and now onto things today which is way more important, let's take a look at the so called new progressive music scene that's in Brooklyn, notably Williamsburg, that is supposed to be so great..........well if any of those groups could just manage to write a real song every now and then instead of playing around with sampling and other technology it would help make the scene last at least a few years.... this is the big difference between the Williamsburg scene and the CBGB scene thirty five years ago, those bands had songs.........Yoko is a survivor and a real artist.......her real problem has actually been trying to find a way around and through the shadow of her past with John Lennon and his tragic, sad death..........

Posted by John "the Cope" | February 15, 2010 8:45 PM

why must people comment if it is rude? didn't you ever learn that if you have nothing nice to say don't say anything at all? if you don't like yoko or any of her guest, nobody is forcing you to read this article.

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2010 1:58 PM

wow, we're just trying to have a good time...

Posted by Anonymous | February 16, 2010 2:19 PM

Re: "All of you twenty something cynical nerds with all your hating?????"

First of all, I'm 50-something.

Second, why is it that anyone who disagrees with something and speaks against someone or something that it is often labeled as "hate"?

Yes, I don't care for Yoko's "art". John Cage at least does his music with a bit of humor and there is consistancy to his madness (which is appealing). John Cage became known because of his own personal work and merit. My point, once again, is that Yoko's "fame" comes primarily for her association with John Lennon - not because of her "art". It doesn't matter who pursued who. She has exploited that relationship and his tragic death for her own personal promotion.

Just because some people think she's an "artistic genious" doesn't me we all have to agree with that assessment - nor, does it mean that beause one disagrees that that person "hates" Yoko Ono. To me, it just seems that her "artistry" is like the emperor with no clothes. A lot of people see that the artistry just isn't there, or at least is not of sufficient quality to merit "genious", but if one says the truth out loud then they are labeled as "haters".

If you think Yoko is a genious - great - buy a ticket - buy her "music" and "art". I'm just tired of all the phony pretending about her.

Posted by rusty schucklefurd | February 16, 2010 3:55 PM

is a fucking idiot.

Posted by the above person | February 17, 2010 2:36 PM

What morons. What claim do any of you to knowledge?

Posted by Anonymous | February 24, 2010 12:54 PM

Yoko's art/writing/film/music is beautiful, inspiring and touches the soul. The Beatles made GREAT music but Yoko's work is more important.

Yoko was a world-renowned artist before she even met John.

As far as exploiting John's death goes, if you have had your spouse murdered in front of you then I would be glad to hear your opinion on the subject, otherwise STFU.

Posted by Anonymous | March 7, 2010 2:03 PM


Posted by Grace | May 8, 2010 10:08 AM

but was the show any good?

Posted by Anonymous | August 15, 2010 12:59 AM

Oh, and what about those question marks on Sunday's text in the concert poster below? No, that isn't saving a spot for a Smiths reunion or U2 debut on the Coachella stage, it's the way that Yorke presents himself as a solo star, the marquee at his Orpheum concert had the same punctuational flourish.

Posted by منتديات | January 12, 2011 3:45 PM

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