Monday, 15 June 2009
Last night I photographed Yoko Ono and the Plastic Ono Band as her official photographer at the Royal Festival Hall in London. I have worked with Yoko for a number of years now, and it is always a pleasure to photograph her, last night was no exception as she triumphed on the London Stage. This was her first performance in Britain since 2005 and she was greeted by a rousing reception from the packed audience. Backed by a tightly rehearsed, often brilliant Plastic Ono Band featuring her son Sean on guitar, piano and drums, members of the Japanese band Cornelius, plus cameos from Mark Ronson, Antony Hegarty and jazz colossus Ornette Coleman. To close, Yoko spent the dreamy and dancey The Sun Is Down flashing "I love you" in Morse code via a hand-held torch. The awed reception she received suggested the feeling is mutual.