Live: Madison Square Garden

On August 30th 1972, John Lennon played a benefit concert at Madison Square Garden. He organised the event with Geraldo Revira with proceeds going to pupils of Willowbrook School in New York City, a state-run school for children with mental disabilities.

Paul McCartney was invited to play at the event but he declined to take part; suggesting the wounds of The Beatles' bitter breakup were still fresh.

"That Madison Square Gardens gig was the best music I enjoyed playing since the Cavern or even Hamburg... It was just the same kinda feeling when The Beatles used to really get into it." - John Lennon

Tickets for the concert cost between $5 and $10 and there were two shows played on the day. A live album of the show wasn't released until February 10th, 1986; over 5 years after John Lennon's murder.

Track list

Side one

  1. "New York City" – 2:56
  2. "It's So Hard" – 3:18
  3. "Woman Is the Nigger of the World" (Lennon, Yoko Ono) – 5:30
  4. "Well Well Well" – 3:51
  5. "Instant Karma!" – 3:40

Side two

  1. "Mother" – 5:00
  2. "Come Together" (Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 4:21
  3. "Imagine" – 3:17
  4. "Cold Turkey" – 5:29
  5. "Hound Dog" (Leiber/Stoller) – 3:09
  6. "Give Peace a Chance" – 1:00

Personnel

  • John Lennon – vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards
  • Yoko Ono – keyboards
  • Jim Keltner – drums
  • Elephant's Memory:
  • Wayne 'Tex' Gabriel – lead guitar
  • Gary Van Scyoc – bass guitar
  • John Ward – bass guitar
  • Stan Bronstein – saxophone
  • Adam Ippolito – keyboards
  • Richard Frank Jr. – drums
John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972. 

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972. 

 John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972. 

 John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972. 

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

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John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

John Lennon and Yoko Ono at Madison Square Garden, August 30th, 1972.

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