Julian Lennon Clicks
|JULIAN LENNON RELEASED A NEW ALBUM, PHOTOGRAPH SMILE, earlier this
year. Currently, he's out on tour in support of the record, with a New
York City date this Tuesday, Aug. 3, at Irving Plaza. It's been seven
years since he last released a new recording, eight years since he last
toured, and roughly 15 years since his debut album, Valotte,
produced tow Top 10 hits (the title track and "Too Late For Goodbyes").
Judging by the music on Photograph Smile, the intervening
years have been very, very good to Julian. The critically-acclaimed
record (see reviews below) has drawn the expected comparisons to his
father's work and that of the Beatles. In fact, Julian admits that at
least one tune, "I Don't Wanna Know," purposefully recalls
the Fab Four. "This is probably the song that a lot of Beatles
fans have been waiting for me to do," he says. "People are
always asking when am I gonna do something more towards the Beatles
style. And so I thought, 'Why not?' In a sense it's an homage..."
We can thing of far guiltier crimes than writing a song that sounds
like the Beatles (running in screaming, "Hey, I just edited a loop
of 'Macarena' with the theme from "Facts of Life," comes to
mind). Sam Goody caught up with Julian recently and discussed his current
So how does it feel being the subject of a VH1 "Behind the Music" special?
Any advice or warnings for other musicians who might be approached to be the subject of a "Behind the Music"?
Well, it's like Chris Rock says, if you haven't lost everything to drugs and bottomed out, there's no story to tell.
How hard was it to decide to go back on the road again?
How do you feel the shows have been going so far?
How is life on the road different now from the last time you were out?
Is the show all original material or are you throwing any covers in?
What are some of your favorite places to visit when you're back in New York City?
Any especially memorable nights at either restaurant?
How about the fondest memory from your last show here?
It's been cleaned up quite a bit. In fact, we may check to make sure Irving Plaza has a cabaret license. We don't want anyone in your audience getting in trouble for dancing.
What the critics are saying about Photograph Smile:
"... The homespun, intimate-feeling Photograph Smile sounds like the work of a man who has come to peace with ghosts of the past and gotten on with the business of writing some good new tunes." - Rolling Stone
"Lennon has returned from a seven-year recording hiatus with an album that fulfills the promise of Valotte and reflects his increasing comfort with irrevocable connection to pop history." - USA Today
"This is good music. Melodically strong, harmonically rich and unexpected lyrically (think Walls and Bridges, not Double Fantasy), it is a developed, affecting record." - MOJO
"A mature work of genius." - Rolling Stone (Germany)
"The overall sound is Beatlesque, but with better melodies and more insightful lyrics than Julian has previously shown." - Boston Globe
Background/Flowers from the 'Photograph Smile'
CD inlet by Angelika Letsch.
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