Yoko One celebrated her 77th birthday with an all-star concert at Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Academy of Music last night. The singer performed with the latest version of her Plastic Ono Band and opened the stage to such guest performers as Plastic Ono Band member Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Gene Ween and the members of Sonic Youth.
The evening opened with a loving video tribute to Ono created by her son Sean Lennon. Ono then took the stage with her current band—an avant-garde unit featuring Lennon, Cornelius and Mark Ronson, among others. The musicians performed material from throughout Ono’s career, including her 2009 release Between My Head and the Sky.
The second half of the night featured a mix of tributes and collaborations with Ono and Lennon: Electro-dance outfit the Scissor Sisters covered “The Sun is Down,” surprise guest Gene Ween offered his take on “Oh Yoko,” Bette Midler performed a song she wrote for John Lennon for his 40th birthday “Yes, I’m Your Angel” and Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore and Kim Gordon jammed with the evening’s honored guest on “Mulberry.” Later in the night, Paul Simon and his son Harper—an old friend of Sean Lennon—offered stripped down takes on “Silverhorse” and “Hold On,” while Eric Clapton performed with Sean Lennon and fellow original Plastic Ono members Klaus Voormann and Jim Keltner on a few songs: The Beatles’ “Yer Blues,” “Death of Samantha” and “Don’t Worry Kyoto.” As expected, many of the evening’s performers returned at the end of the night to join Ono of a sing-along version of “Give Peace a Chance.”