The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

When Legends Gather #646


Elton John and John Lennon at Madison Square Garden, Thanksgiving night, 1974. It would be the last time Lennon would ever appear in a live performance. Your humble correspondent was in attendance and can verify the epic pandemonium when Lennon hit the stage. Happy 65th birthday to Sir Elton.

4 comments :

swac said...

And you can hear the pandemonium here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SoupFtYQj8s

Mark Connolly said...

I bought Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom" back in the 70s to get the B-side: Lennon singing a live version of "I Saw Her Standing There" from this concert.

Marshall Stacks said...

Impressed, envious and glad you were there Frank. the wiki page on M.S.Garden is a compelling read: 'To this day, Elton John currently holds the all-time record for greatest number of appearances at The Garden with 62 Sold Out shows'. the concert capacity is 20,000 patrons.

phil said...

Always wished there was video of that concert.
Elton's wonderfully remastered 'Here and There' CD has Lennon's entire performance.

Thanks for the great photo.