15 Dec 1969: First Ever Performance of the ‘Plastic Ono Supergroup’
Today marks the anniversary of an important concert in both John Lennon’s peace campaign and in his musical career.
On the 15th December, 1969, John and Yoko agreed to play a show with their recently formed Plastic Ono Band at the Lyceum Ballroom in London in conjunction with Unicef. The event, titled ‘Peace For Christmas” gathered all of the members of the band that had appeared previously including Eric Clapton, Klaus Voorman and Alan White, as well as new appearances from Clapton’s touring band which featured Lennon’s old Beatle bandmate George Harrison, marking the first occasion they had played together since The Beatles’ last show in 1966 and causing Lennon to later refer to the group as the Plastic Ono Supergroup.
The band performed in front of a huge War Is Over! backdrop, and played two numbers, their current single at the time, “Cold Turkey” as well as it’s b-side “Don’t Worry Kyoko”, the rendition of which lasted around 40 minutes. The performance was recorded and later released as a bonus disc with the 1972 album “Some Time In New York City”.