Last night, The Flaming Lips were joined by Sean Lennon, the son of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, for a performance of the psychedelic Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.”
The song, which is long believed to be about LSD, comes from the Fab Four’s 1967 release Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. However, John Lennon said the inspiration came from a drawing his son Julian made while in nursery school depicting his classmate Lucy O’Donnell.
In the performance of ‘The Late Show with David Letterman’, the eccentric frontman of the Flaming Lips Wayne Coyne stands atop a box while strands of color-changing lights hang from the mic stand. Julian Lennon aids in the vocals.
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During Wednesday night’s Amnesty International’s “Bring Human Rights Home” concert at the Barclay’s Center, The Flaming Lips were joined onstage by Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon for Yoko’s 1982 song “It’s Alright.” The Lips and Lennon then performed “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Many of the evening’s performers then joined Ono and Lennon for a version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released.”
This Sunday, February 9th, CBS will air The Night That Changed America: A GRAMMY Salute To The Beatles, celebrating the Feb. 9, 1964 Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. Dave Grohl, Alicia Keys, Katy Perry, Keith Urban, John Mayer, Brad Paisley and a reunited Eurythmics were among the artists to take the stage to put their spin on Beatles classics. An interview with the surviving Beatles’ members, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, will also be a part of the broadcast. Read more about the tribute concert HERE.