|Dave - Hey, you're gonna wish you were here. Our
next guest is certainly following in the footsteps of some great musicians.
Julian Lennon has a sound that is all his own. It's been 7 years since
his last album, but Julian is back and we are honored to have him here.
This is an album that sounds terrific. What's the inspiration for this?
Julian - Life.
Dave - Life?
Julian - Life and all the experiences
we all go through, absolutely.
Dave - Now it's been a while since you've been back
in the studio, what brought you back? I mean, Julian, you had some
phenomenal hobbies and some great things you were doing with your
time in Italy.
Tanya - And there was a great fervor about you and
then you left the business.
Julian - Yea, well, I guess you
could say that it was due to the fact that the record company that
I was involved with and the managers I was involved with did not
see eye to eye, really. And it literally took me about 5 years to
get released from the contracts that I was tied into. So in that
time I went back to living real life outside the industry, which
was very wonderful. And it was a hard decision to come back here
and I think the thing that motivated me to come back was the fact
that if I was going to say goodbye to the industry, I just certainly
didn't think the last 4 albums were a good enough legacy to leave
behind. And I wanted to put out an album that I certainly felt proud
of and was under my control, which was not the case before.
Dave - Photograph Smile, where does the name come
Julian - It's from a photograph
that was of a person that I was in a relationship with, which was
long distance, and the only things I had at the time was the photograph
and my memories. And that's where the song came from. Yea, that's
about it, really.
Dave - How has the music changed from your first
album to now?
Julian - Has it changed? I don't
think it's changed a lot. I just think that hopefully as anybody
grows in what they do and matures in their work. That's what happens
and if you are an observer of life, as I am, and have experienced
a fair share of it as well, then hopefully your work does grow and
mature over the years.
Tanya - And the older you get, do you find more
inspiration from your dad's work? Do you see things that you didn't
see when you were younger?
Julian - Not necessarily. I always
thought he was a great artist, as well as the rest of the guys in
the band, as well as every other artist that's inspired me.
Tanya - What else do you like? What other kinds
of music do you listed to?
Julian - Many, many. That's a difficult
one. Anyone from Keith Jarrett to Steely Dan to Led Zepplin to Beck,
you name it.
Dave - Now, we were going over some faxes during
the commercial break and I was reading one of them, and you said you
were going to give me a straight answer. I'm not sure what that meant,
but I'm going to ask it. A fax came in from one of our viewers asking
what's your fondest memory of your father?
Julian - Well, that's a tough one
you see because when you don't have much of a memory, at least I
didn't between the ages of 1 and 4 and then he walked out the door,
there wasn't any real fond memories there. Maybe I saw him a handful
of times after that. So it's not a position that I could say it
was a jolly happy time, cause it wasn't, cause he wasn't around.
Dave - So when the name John Lennon comes up it's
more of a musical influence?
Julian - Oh, absolutely. I have
the highest regard for him as a musical influence in my life, but
obviously as a father, he was one of the worst.
Tanya - Personally, it's a different story.
Julian - Absolutely.
Tanya - We have another question for you, this one's
a little easier I'm sure. "I'd like to know if Julian will be
touring soon to promote this new album and will he be coming to Philadelphia?"
Julian - More than likely. Yes
we will. I would say later on this year and I'm actually planning
to do a limited charity tour - a charity based tour - where we find
out the worst problems are in the locations that we are playing
and we target that.
Dave - Julian, life on the road supporting an album,
what's it like going from town to town?
Julian - You mean in the promo
Dave - No, in the concert sense. Invigorating or
Julian - Well, it depends who's
organizing it, and it depends whether you have control over it and
this time around that's why it's a limited tour. I've been on tours
where you've been on the road where you've just done 150 shows and
you look at the schedule and there's another 200 to go, and all
you want to do is cry and go home. That side of it doesn't interest
me anymore. I want to get up there for the sake of getting up there
and having fun, but also to try to help some people along the way.
That's the intention this time around.
Dave - Well, we've had the benefit of hearing you
warm up. Our entire staff has come down to hear you. So why don't
we turn it over to you and hear some great music. Then we'll spend
some more time chatting.
Julian and Matt Backer perform "Day After Day"
Dave - That was fabulous
Julian - Thank you.
Dave - Now, we talked about a tour coming up and
you're on a promotion tour right now. But the record is available
in store now.
Julian - That's correct.
Tanya - And speaking of records, what I was talking
about at the break was if you're gonna have some vinyl.
Julian - Yea, definitely, absolutely.
Yea, a limited edition of vinyl. Absolutely.
Tanya - For purists.
Dave - I thought they weren't making those kinds
of albums anymore.
Julian - I mean, I used to love
the old albums, there was so much information, so many pictures
and anything and everything you needed to know, plus all the lyrics
clearly written, which these days you don't see.
Tanya - Any you worked so hard on the lyrics.
Julian - Yea, absolutely. Yea,
well, hopefully you sing them clearly enough, but sometimes you
loose a word here or there.
Dave - Now Julian, this has been a collaborative
effort and Matt Backer is playing with you this morning. How did you
and Matt come together, and the rest of your band mates, for this
Julian - Well, actually, I met
Matt through Bob Rose, who co-produced the album with me. And we
sort of put the band together to just initially go into the studio
to try and put a few songs together to see how we worked together
and as far as me working with Rob Rose on a co-producing level.
And initially it was 3 days for 3 songs, but we came out the 1st
week with 11 tracks. And it was a process that went on for a year.
And we've got enough material to last for another couple of albums.
Dave - Well, we wish you the best of luck and as
you strum us out, we'll say once again, Photograph Smile is available
now in stores. Thanks for being with us.
Julian - My pleasure. I hope you
Julian and Matt close the show playing Good to be