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Julian Lennon reveals he was ‘terrified’ singing ‘Imagine’

Singer-songwriter Julian Lennon said he dreaded the day he would have to perform his father’s famous song Imagine.

Lennon, 59, the son of former Beatles member John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia, performed the song in April to honor those suffering in war-torn Ukraine.

In conversation with Elton Johns rocket hour On the radio show, Lennon said, “Let me tell you, ever since I’ve been in the business I’ve kind of dreaded the day … Because I’ve always said that I’d only really sing it if it felt like it was, in a lot of ways, the end of the.” World.”

He added, “And after watching what’s been going on over the past few years, and especially lately with Russia and Ukraine, the people at Global Citizen said, ‘Do you have anything up your sleeve?’ And I watched the horrors on TV like we all do. I just felt this is it.

“And once I said yes, if you thought I was scared before, when I said yes, I was like, ‘Oh my god, how am I supposed to do that, that honors it and it’s different and it’s my own attitude, but still respects them in every way, shape or form.

Lennon also explained his approach to covering the song and revealed that it will be released as a single in the future.

He said to John: “For me the only way to do that was to take it away from the piano, the clumsy piano, and make it as raw, as unproduced as possible and as heartfelt as possible.

“It was the right path for me. I have to tell you that we will be releasing this as a single in some form very soon with all donations going to refugees in Ukraine and around the world. That’s on the agenda.”

Lennon will release his titled seventh album later that year Jew, as a nod to his father’s band. Speaking to John about the album, he said: “It felt a lot like growing up, I think.

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“Particularly as life progresses, you tend to look at your life and see where you come from. And especially after seeing the Get Back movie with Sean and Olivia Harrison and then Stella being there.

“I mean, I had the idea of ​​the name before, but it was just done to make it feel more right.”

Julian Lennon with his father John Lennon (PA)

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Hey Jude was written by Sir Paul McCartney to comfort five-year-old Lennon when his parents, John and Cynthia, separated.

Reflecting on the song’s story, Lennon says, “‘Hey Jude’ was actually ‘Hey, Jules’ in its early days. And a lot has been written about it [Paul McCartney] I thought of myself and my circumstances and that I had to be strong and at the end of the day find my way through this mess I was going to find myself in…

“I think I honored the song and I think I honored where I came from, my legacy so to speak, my heritage.

I think again, now it just felt like the right time because life is too short and that felt perfect for that moment too.”

Elton John’s Rocket Hour is available on Apple Music 1.

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