From The Vault: McCartney And Harrison On The Death Of Lennon

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It was a tremendous shock to the world when [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] was shot and killed on December 8, 1980–an event that took place 30 years ago today. Lennon was only 40 years old at the time; he had just finished recording the album Double Fantasy, and he was enjoying life as a citizen of New York City. Around the world, music fans were devastated, and even today, three decades later, the painful news still resonates deeply.

In two vintage interviews, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] talks about songs he played during a concert tribute to Lennon, and [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]George Harrison [/lastfm] remembers his initial reaction to the shocking news.

In a September 1987 interview, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]George Harrison[/lastfm] describes how he first reacted to the news–received during a late-night, overseas phone call–that [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] had been shot and killed:

And during an October 1990 interview, [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]Paul McCartney[/lastfm] discusses what it was like to play a John Lennon tribute concert:

Watch [lastfm link_type=”artist_info”]John Lennon[/lastfm] perform “Imagine” live from Madison Square Garden in 1972:

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