He contacted Rivera and suggested they organise a benefit concert. Lennon enlisted the band Elephant's Memory, with whom he had recently recorded the Some Time In New York City album, and rehearsals took place on 18, 20 and 22 August. Lennon was, like many Americans, scandalised by the conditions at Willowbrook. He likely also saw it as a chance to rehabilitate his public image, in the light of poor sales of Some Time In New York City and the Nixon administration's ongoing attempts to deport him.The success of George Harrison's Concert For Bangladesh the previous year may well have influenced his decision to get involved. The event was part of the One To One Festival, which sponsored the individual mentoring of pupils at the school. Two concerts took place, one in the afternoon and another in the evening.
Other guests on the bill included Stevie Wonder, Roberta Flack, and Sha Na Na, and the Plastic Ono Elephant's Memory Band were the headline act. Paul McCartney had been invited to appear at the event, and although he considered accepting, the spectre of Allen Klein in the background was enough to put him off. Initially just one concert had been planned, but an afternoon performance was added after sales for the evening show exceeded expectations. The setlist for the first show was: Power To The People, New York City, It's So Hard, Move On Fast, Woman Is The N----r Of The World, Sisters, O Sisters, Well Well Well, Born In A Prison, Instant Karma, Mother, We're All Water, Come Together, Imagine, Open Your Box, Cold Turkey, Don't Worry Kyoko (Mummy's Only Looking For Her Hand In The Snow), and Hound Dog.
With Lennon relatively unaccustomed to live performance by 1972, the first concert featured some ragged playing and a general lack of energy. Lennon acknowledged as much from the stage, telling the crowd: "Welcome to the rehearsal".The evening show featured fewer songs, with several sung by Yoko Ono omitted. The setlist was: Power To The People, New York City, It's So Hard, Woman Is The N----r Of The World, Sisters, O Sisters, Well Well Well, Instant Karma, Mother, We're All Water, Come Together, Imagine, Cold Turkey, Hound Dog, and Give Peace A Chance. In the final song Lennon and Ono were joined on stage by the other stars and the organisers of the concerts.
A brief portion of this performance was included on the 1975 compilation Shaved Fish, as a coda to Happy Xmas (War Is Over), with Stevie Wonder's vocals to the fore. After the event the acts all attended a party held at the Tavern In The Green in Manhattan's Central Park. Be sure to add me to your favorites list.
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