Posted in music | pictures on February 17, 2010

photos by Kevin Mazur/ Wire Image

"Yoko Ono, Paul Simon, Eric Clapton, Bette midler, freaking amazing!" - nico843

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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. 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.
That's how we listed last night's event at BAM (2/16). Martha Wainwright, whose mother recently passed away, ended up not being there, but Gene Ween showed up. Full review and setlist coming soon. In the meantime here are a set of pics...

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Comments (42)

where's ol' Gener?
that does look like a pretty fantastic show!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 4:35 AM

Plastic Ono band.....??? Really?


Deep sigh. Meeeeeeeeeeeeeeeh.

Posted by rufus | February 17, 2010 4:46 AM

death to meh, ugh...so tired. immolate yourself.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 5:23 AM

looks like a fun time to me!

Posted by Deb | February 17, 2010 6:46 AM

can we hunt down these idiots via ip address or something?

we really need to stop these fucking 'meh' morons. it's probably the same two 14 year old dorks who compulsively check this site for new posts trying to be the first one to do a shitty 'meh' joke.

News flash gay-wads: IT WASN'T EVEN FUNNY THE FIRST TIME.

Now time to get them one by one... Vigilante Style!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 7:09 AM

Wow Clapton looks bad...still plays a great guitar but what happened?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 7:13 AM

au. oh yoko

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 7:20 AM

Clapton looked like her really didnt want to be there; He didnt return for the final song

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 7:42 AM

dum dum girls > clapton

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 7:46 AM

This was an awesome show. Simply awesome. Very well thought out and put together.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 7:51 AM

Those WAR IS OVER signs seem to be working as well now as they did the first time John and Yoko used them.

WAR
IS
MEH

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:10 AM

In the annals of great guitarists, I always thought Clapton was way overrated. Last night playing with Yoko, he proved it. Who would possibly degrade their reputation playing with her?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:10 AM

Not for nuthin', but that Scissor Sisters lady looks like she knows how to party.

If you know what I'm sayin'.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:34 AM

I'd say Clapton looks good for his age being an ex alcoholic/heroin addict

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:45 AM

Meh

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:52 AM

You can't polish a turd, even with all the special guests in the World.

Oh, and that We Are The World redux...lame

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:53 AM

Didn't Clapton play in the original plastic ono band? That's probably why he played last night?

Posted by anonymous2 | February 17, 2010 9:06 AM

Haruomi Hosono!!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 9:12 AM

Anyone know the setlist?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 10:03 AM

sounds like a good show. too bad yoko was there.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 10:05 AM

>In the annals of great guitarists, I always thought Clapton was way overrated. Last night playing with Yoko, he proved it. Who would possibly degrade their reputation playing with her?


the reason why clapton was there was because he was part of the original group that played in toronto with klaus, who was also there last night i believe. i don't think it's so much an issue of him degrading his reputation. and while i'm not much of a fan of anything he's done since derek & the dominos, dude can play. period. it was more symbolic for him being there. certainly you're not hanging around the 'meh' folk and can see that.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 10:20 AM

For all the "screaming", I found Yoko very inspirational. What a life she's experienced! The fact that it was her 77th birthday and she's out there doing this, even with all the "special guests", you haters should go fuck yourself....

And seriously, more props need to be given to Haruomi Hosono!!!! I could have just missed it on the first night, but I don't think Sean even introduced him...

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 10:27 AM

Yoko looks like Nixon in the last photo.

How, uh, "fitting."

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 10:38 AM

was this for a T-Mobile commercial?

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 11:16 AM

mmmmmeh.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 11:36 AM

Was this as unlistenable as the original stuff she did? i'm guessing yes.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 11:50 AM

ugh, total MEH

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 1:32 PM

"sounds like a good show. too bad yoko was there."

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 1:36 PM

viva yoko!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 1:44 PM

Setlist:

It Happened
Waiting For The D Train/Why (with Mark Ronson)
Between my Head and the Sky
Rising (special guest Haruomi Hosono)
Walking On Thin Ice
Moving Mountains
Calling
Mind Train/Ask the Elephant
Higa Noboro

Intermission

The Sun Is Down - Performed by Scissor Sisters
What A Bastard The World Is - Performed by Justin Bond
Oh Yoko - Sean Lennon with Gene Ween
Mulberry - Yoko Ono, Kim Gordon, Thurston Moore
Yes, I'm Your Angel - Bette Midler
Silverhorse - Performed by Paul and Harper Simon
Hold On - Performed by Paul and Harper Simon
Yer Blues - Performed by Yoko, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner, Sean Lennon
Death of Samantha - Performed by Yoko, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner, Sean Lennon
Don't Worry Kyoko - Performed by Yoko, Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman, Jim Keltner, Sean Lennon

Encore - Give Peace A Chance - All performers

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 3:15 PM

Wow, just watched youtube videos of the performance. Cant believe so many amazingly talented people collaborated on such horrible music.

I hate Yoko Ono, she ruined the Plastic Ono Band!

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 8:37 PM

Not a singular mention of Erik Friedlander on cello. You all suck rancid arse. Go on...keep pretending that you know anything about music, you farts.

Posted by Anonymous | February 17, 2010 9:05 PM

Yoko Ono - how many artists have received a Venice Biennale Golden Lion (last year), had several no 1 Billboard dance hits (in the last few years), initiate peace and humanitarian activities everywhere, with a respectable young look of 77. Imagine - her son of 34 was the inspirator of this glorious return. A great flock of old and young friends celebrated. Can't wait till the DVD is out.
The reviews in the New York papers set the mood, like your photos here. Yoko did it again!

Posted by freed | February 18, 2010 10:23 AM

a great moment in time... bette midler glowed like a thousand watt bulb... clapton rocked... he's played with dhani harrison and now sean lennon, who said eric taught him the real way to play, yer blues... imagine getting guitar lessons from clapton... the new plastic band was great... some nice funky jams and psychedelic workouts... clapton's never been an emotional guy on stage, he just stands and delivers...

Posted by moldymind | February 18, 2010 10:36 AM

can Yuka Honda do anything on her own without Sean Lennon or Yoko? just curious

Posted by Anonymous | February 18, 2010 6:49 PM

Excellent show!! What an event!! Kudos to the staff of BAM - Thanks for a wonderful Experience!! The reassurances of Sean to his Mom were touching. Yes, Yoko, you sound really good!! Rock on!!

Posted by Mary | February 19, 2010 8:43 AM

HI Plastic Ono Band, The show sounded great! I loved "WALKING ON THIN ICE, and YER BLUES". What a band, I wonder what John Lennon would have said about this band! Love Sam Scola.

Posted by sam scola | February 19, 2010 11:01 AM

I've only seen Yoko's band once, and they're great. Yoko's groovy. I also love Eric Clapton.

Posted by Tanglewood Real Estate | February 20, 2010 8:00 PM

WOW! Bette Midler looks GREAT! She is DIVINE! I imagine Bette and Eric had a GREAT time here. Thay have been friends for so long. Love everyone in this collaboration.

Posted by Buster Burns | July 3, 2010 3:35 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 3:06 PM

i was at highline and not williamsburg and the set list posted here seems to fit though I thought they only played 3 songs in the encore (definetely slush and take it in were two of them) though i could be wrong.

Posted by Girls Games | December 4, 2011 3:19 PM

I agree about Clapton- Looking good after all he's been through. Thanks for the setlist.

Posted by Austin Homes | October 3, 2012 10:59 AM

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