Jay Leno: Our next guest has released
his first CD in 7 years and it's been getting terrific reviews. He's
here now to perform a song from 'Photograph Smile.' Please welcome
Julian performs 'Day After Day' backed by a full
band and string section and then quickly walks over to join
Jay Leno during the applause and the other two guests, Lea Thompson
and Ryan Phillippe.
Jay Leno: How are ya? Good
to see you again.
Jay Leno: Have a seat.
Jay Leno: Very nice. Been a
I always get a little nervous doing things like this.
Jay Leno: Huh? Well, it's a
long time since I saw you. Was it fifteen years ago or something?
Remember where we met?
Julian: I actually
yeah, I saw you in Vegas - I saw you in Vegas. We came and saw the
Jay Leno: (laughing) Yeah, it was very
cool though. That was fun. That was fun. Then you took some time off.
Julian: Yeah, definitely.
Yeah, it was necessary. I was - I'd had too much of the music industry
treadmill and it was not my cup of tea and so I wanted to get back
to what it was all about, which was the music, and so I started
my own indie label and so that I could actually keep control over
what was going on.
Jay Leno: Well, that's great. Because,
you know, I mean, you must get sick of the constant comparisons.
Julian: Yeah, I mean,
there's a song on the album that was a last minute decision because
of all the comparisons and the reviews in the past that sort of
said, 'Well, you know, you sound just like your dad. Or, you sound
just like the Beatles' and in the past, you know, I would always
sort of shy away from that and not make a comment because I was
trying to forge my own path, you know. So I decided this time around
after I sort of felt that I proved my own self worth on this album,
to me!, that I would write a mid-60's Beatlesque song and sing it
as close to dad as possibly - as possible.
Jay Leno: Well, I think that's great.
I mean, it's one of the greatest heritages you could possibly have.
(crowd applauds) You go and establish your own thing.
Julian: But the reason
- the reason being so that this time when the album came out, you
know, and I'd be waiting for the reviews and, you know, as usual,
the same old same old, 'Well, you sound just like your dad. You
sound just like the Beatles' and finally for me to say, you know,
from my life and my career that, 'Well, yes I do. Yes, I do, you
know, and now that we both recognize this fact, you know, can we
move on from this?' Yeah.
Jay Leno: Can we move on, sure. From
what I understand - like I've read that you've sort of had to go buy
some of your own artifacts back at auctions or something?
Julian: Yeah, that's
absolutely true, too. Yeah, I mean, with the settlement that I did
reach with her highness - um uh (Everyone laughs a bit.)
Everyone laughs a bit
Jay Leno: A bit of animosity.
Julian: Well, just
a touch, you know. I - uh - I - uh - sorry - (laughs) I - I - I
Jay Leno: That's alright.
Julian: You know,
I decided with that money I've actually been going out to the auctions
and buying a lot of stuff back that dad owned and uh some of the
Beatles stuff too because, you know, literally I wasn't given anything.
Nothing was passed down to me and I just feel it's the most ironic
thing in the world that I should be buying his stuff back into the
family with his money.
Jay Leno: But you know something? Actually,
you say that - (pointing to Julian) but the best thing you got passed
down to you. Those are material things. You've got the best thing
and it's all in here (holding up his copy of 'Photograph Smile')
Julian: Thank you.wow,
Jay Leno (reaching over to pat Julian
on the back): Believe me, you came out way ahead buddy! Julian Lennon.
Be right back after this. (Jay to Julian: "Hey can you sign my
Jay Leno: I want to thank my guests.
Julian Lennon, Photograph Smile is the new CD. Very nice work.
Julian: Thank you.