Yoko Ono

news: SPRING 2013

Mojo Yoko Ono

yoko ono on mojo magazine
The Mojo Magazine (22.3.2013) has four pages on Yoko Ono and the birthday gig in Berlin. The magazine scans kindly provided by Christ Devos.

Mojo Yoko Ono


tune-yards as yoko
exclaim.ca (February 2013): "The single is called tUnE-yArDs as Yoko, and it includes two tracks: a cover of "We're All Water" from 1972's Some Time in New York City (which was originally credited to John Lennon and Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band with Elephant's Memory & Invisible Strings) and a remix of "Warrior Woman" from 1973's Feeling the Space (which was credited to Yoko Ono/Plastic Ono Band). The release from tUnE-yArDs came out today (February 12) through Chimera Music. It's available on a limited edition 10-inch with an etching on the B-side, or as a digital download, right here. All proceeds from sales will go to Rockaway Waterfront Alliance to aid those affected by Hurricane Sandy."

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Birthday 80

From press release: "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,and 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
There's No Goodbye
Walking On Thin Ice
Yes, I'm A Witch
Cheshire Cat
Higa Noboru
Give Peace A Chance

"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."

yoko ono's birthday gig in berlin

"To celebrate my 80th birthday, we are doing a Yoko Ono Plastic Ono Band show, live at Volksbuehne in Berlin, Germany, on 17th Feb. See you there! love, yoko"

Also, a retrospective exhibition by Yoko Ono will be opened in Frankfurt, Germany, in February.

don't frack new york

Associated Press (January 17th 2013): "Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon and Susan Sarandon spoke out against fracking Thursday during a tour of natural-gas drilling sites in northeastern Pennsylvania, warning about what they view as the danger to air, water and human health. (--) Ono and her son formed a group called "Artists Against Fracking" to oppose drilling in New York state, where they own a farm and where drilling and hydraulic fracturing have been on hold for several years while officials there develop regulations for the industry. Local anti-drilling activists led Thursday's tour in Pennsylvania, where thousands of wells have been drilled and fracked in recent years. At one well pad, Lennon guided his 79-year-old mother over mud and ice so they could get a better look. "We hope that what's happened here will be a lesson for New Yorkers," he said. "I hope that New Yorkers will learn from this and tell Gov. (Andrew) Cuomo that it's not something we have to do." Ono accused the gas industry of disregarding residents' welfare. "They care about making money," she said."

Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon February 2013
Photo Associated Press/Richard Drew

From the campaign website: "Yoko and Sean were compelled into action by Governor Andrew Cuomo's announcement that fracking might soon begin in New York – directly impacting their home in upstate New York. In less than 10 days, they gathered nearly 150 fellow artists to join them in the founding of Artists Against Fracking in August 2012. Today, at nearly 200 members Artists Against Fracking works to expose and stop the harmful and contaminating practice of fracking for natural gas and oil through mass awareness and peaceful democratic action. At its core, we believe that fracking for shale gas is a danger to New Yorkers. Inevitably, the process leads to the release of toxic chemicals — many of which are unknown and unreported — into our air and water."

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"hold me", a new song by yoko ono
MaxiPromotion: "The new song written by Yoko and Dave (Audé), is tailor-made for dancefloors, filled with Yoko's vivid, lyrical imagery, guided by the Audé midas touch for a solid, contemporary club anthem. The single also amazingly marks the first time Yoko has written music with anyone other than John and Sean Lennon placing Audé in a unique echelon of elite pop culture. The package features remixes by longtime Ono contributor, the legendary Ralphi Rosario, Boston's deep progressive maestro Emjae and Dave Audé's own, full-throttle, up-front, club takes. "


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