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Why Julian Lennon Skipped the Beatles 50th Anniversary Galas

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Julian Lennon

Did you watch The Beatles 50th Anniversary Celebration a few days ago? Notice anyone missing? That would be Julian Lennon, offspring of John Lennon and his first wife Cynthia.

While the world celebrated the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first trip to America with a series of glam affairs, including performances by younger artists, as well as former Beatles Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, and extended family members Yoko Ono, Sean Lennon, and Olivia and Dhani Harrison, Julian was conspicuously absent.

“To me, the last thing I wanted to do was stand in the audience with everybody else,” Lennon told BrooklynVegan.com, adding he had no interest in “clapping my hands and being filmed in front of millions while watching a Beatles karaoke session.” Ouch.

Lennon wasn’t even in the country during the celebrations. Instead, his charity work for the White Feather Foundation took him to Africa, where he’s been working on behalf of groups like Millennium Villages. Of particular importance to Lennon right now is his partnership with Charity: Water, which seeks to restore and increase clean water availability for people living without reliable access.

And he much prefers the classic Beatles tunes any day of the week. “Give me the originals any day. I’ll listen or watch the originals any day, and that’s my cup of tea,” he said. “That’s why I decided that I much more preferred to be in a state of reflection and appreciation and doing something much more subtle and much more heartfelt, in my mind, than the glitz and the glam of those kind of shows.”

Jane Boursaw is the founder and editor-in-chief of Reel Life With Jane. Her credits include hundreds of print and online publications, including The New York Times, People Magazine, Variety, Moviefone, TV Squad and more. Follow her on Twitter at @reellifejane.

Jane Boursaw has written posts on Reel Life With Jane.


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3 comments

  1. Was he even invited? The fact is it was a pretty terrific tribute concert and also fun to see Ringo who at 71 looks great.

  2. Melanie Votaw

    I really enjoyed it, and I’m sure he was invited. But I think he wants to be known for his own work now. What I don’t understand is how Brooklyn Vegan got an interview with him when I couldn’t!

  3. I give him credit. It’s probably what his dad would have done. Some of the performances were pretty bad, like Katy Perry.

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