John Lennon was shot and killed in New York City, 31 years ago on Thursday (December 8, 1980) at the age of 40. The legendary musician is being remembered by fans around the world today, with wife Yoko Ono also coming out to pay tribute to the late star.
Speaking to the Vancouver Sun, conceptual artist Ono said John's spirit has lived on since his death, saying, "John was about making the world a better place. He sang Gimme Some Truth, so when I see all the activism out there today, I feel like we will turn the corner soon. Now that John's a spirit, he has a different effect on people than when he was alive. Spirits talk on a pure level and don't get distracted by people saying things like, That's nice, but why's he wearing that?". The Beatles founder was shot and killed by Mark David Chapman at the entrance to his apartment building in New York. His death came just weeks after the release of his album Double Fantasy, which marked his first new material since the birth of his son in 1975. Remembering his death this week, Rolling Stone magazine recall Lennon's last ever interview, during which he spoke to the publication about his time with Yoko, saying, "I was at a dance club one night in Bermuda.Upstairs, they were playing disco, and downstairs I suddenly heard Rock Lobster by the B-52's for the first time. Do you know it? It sounds just like Yoko's music, so I said to meself, 'It's time to get out the old ax and wake the wife up!".
A concert is being held in New York on Saturday in tribute to the late star's life featuring Steve Forbert and Marshall Crenshaw, among others.