Yoko Ono

Danny Tenaglia And R3hab Team Up With Ono To Reinvent ‘Walking On Thin Ice’

Following a decade of dancefloor domination as her alter-ego ONO, Yoko Onocomes full circle with the release of brand new remixes of her landmark 1981 classic “WALKING ON THIN ICE” from Grammy-nominated house musiclegend DANNY TENAGLIA and Dutch EDM heavyweight R3HAB.

In 2003, MIND TRAIN and TWISTED RECORDS took this song to the top of the Billboard Club chart kicking off ONO’S streak of 10 #1 BILLBOARD HOT DANCE CLUB PLAY chart-topping club hits, including “HOLD ME”, “TALKING TO THE UNIVERSE”, “MOVE ON FAST”, “I’M NOT GETTING ENOUGH”, “NO NO NO” and “EVERYMAN / EVERYWOMAN”.

Ten years on, ONO revisits “WALKING ON THIN ICE” and teams up with DANNY TENAGLIA and R3HAB to reinvent the timeless anthem giving it a modern retrofit melding the classic with the contemporary – old school and new school – with blistering results.

TENAGLIA, whose studio output since the start of the 21st century has been greatly limited, dusted off his studio chops to deliver an incendiary rework of the classic cut. His first remix in nearly a decade, Danny comes out swinging with an epic masterpiece with all the hallmarks of his best work. In an era of A.D.D., Danny reminds us of the glory of a mind-twisting, continually unfolding 10+ minute journey into sound.

R3HAB has firmly established himself in the Dutch dance scene alongside Chuckie and Afrojack. With his crisp, high-octane productions, R3HAB’s become one of the most highly sought-after EDM A-listers with a discography that includes remixes for artists like LADY GAGA, MADONNA, LMFAO, JENNIFER LOPEZ, CALVIN HARRIS, KASKADE, FAR EAST MOVEMENT, PITBULL, DAVID GUETTA, and KATY PERRY.

Originally recorded during the ‘Double Fantasy’ recording sessions with John Lennon, “WALKING ON THIN ICE” would be the last recording by John and Yoko — recorded on that fateful night of December 8, 1980. Released in the early months of 1981, the pioneering electronic-injected dance / post-disco / nu-wave hybrid would become ONO’s definitive masterstroke and, easily one of her most accessible, best-known and well-regarded works, brilliantly capturing the kinetic pulse, tension, gritty nihilism and urban cool that defined the times then, and, in an acknowledgement to its timeless insights, continues to define them now.

The slightest of glances at today’s world makes it clear that we’re WALKING ON THIN ICE 2013. TENAGLIA and R3HAB get it, and nailed it.

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Yoko Ono Sued Over Clothing Line

John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono is facing a legal battle over allegations she copied her wacky clothing line from another designer.

New York City-based stylist Haleh Nematzadeh, 36, has filed suit against the star, alleging Ono stole ideas for her unconventional Fashion for Men range from a fetish-inspired line by her Smashing Starlets clothing company.

Ono’s bizarre range features clothing with handprints printed over the crotch and nipple holes, and Nematzadeh claims the musician saw sketches for her women’s line before tweaking the designs and passing them off as her own.

Nematzadeh, who filed the lawsuit at Brooklyn Federal Court on Friday, also casts doubt on Ono’s claim that her saucy line was inspired by her late husband.

According to the New York Post, Nematzadeh says, “They took everything with no shame. They stole from me blatantly… She’s (Ono is) trying to put fetish in context, but since when does fetish and John Lennon go together? When you think of the Beatles, you think of doves and trees, not that.”

Ono’s bizarre line is sold through online retailer Opening Ceremony.

Yoko Ono Designs Clothing Line

Yoko Ono has designed a clothing line inspired by her late husband John Lennon.

The singer/artist based the menswear collection on Fashions For Men, a set of sketches she drew as a gift for the Beatle before their 1969 wedding.

Highlights from the 18-piece range include a pair of trousers with a hand silhouette stitched over the crotch and a sweater with eyelet cut-outs around the nipples.

She tells Women’s Wear Daily, “I was inspired to create Fashions for Men amazed at how my man was looking so great. I felt it was a pity if we could not make clothes emphasizing his very sexy bod (sic).

“So, I made this whole series with love for his hot bod and gave it to him as a wedding present. You can imagine how he went wild and fell in love with me even more.”

Ono’s collection, which also features hooded sweatshirts and boots, will be stocked at Opening Ceremony stores.

Yoko Ono Founds New Hunger Charity

Yoko Ono is launching a new charity to combat global hunger.

John Lennon’s widow has teamed up with Hard Rock International and officials at the WhyHunger campaign to create Imagine There’s No Hunger – a reference to her late husband’s peace anthem, Imagine.

The organisation will raise awareness and funds in an effort to stamp out childhood hunger and poverty, and Ono is asking fans to get involved in the project by taking a moment on 1 November (11) to “imagine a nourished and abundant world, where the world will live as one”.

Limited-edition bracelets will also be sold to support the charity’s fundraising efforts.

Yoko Ono Praises Reality Show Contestant for "Imagine" Performance

John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono has offered her support to a pop wannabe competing on Australia’s The X-Factor reality show after she was won over by the contestant’s rendition of peace ballad IMAGINE.

Emmanuel Kelly performed the peace anthem at his audition for the TV talent programme, moving celebrity judges including Boyzone singer Ronan Keating and former Spice Girl Melanie Brown to tears with his vocals.
Kelly’s choice of song was even more poignant after he revealed he and his brother Ahmed had been adopted from Iraq, where they were born with missing limbs as a result of chemical warfare.
His audition aired Down Under late last month (Aug11), but it was only recently brought to Ono’s attention – and she’s been singing his praises ever since.
Posting a link to the video on ImaginePeace.com last week (ends09Sep11), she writes, “Thank you, Emmanuel. You sang beautifully! Thank you. John would have been proud of you. Thank you, thank you, thank you.” Lennon released the classic hit in 1971 but it became an anthem after the Beatle was shot dead outside his apartment in New York in December, 1980. It was Lennon’s only solo Australian number one single.

Art Garfunkel Gave Lennon Reunion Advice

John Lennon once turned to Art Garfunkel for advice about a possible Beatles reunion in the mid-1970s. 

Garfunkel had set aside his ongoing feud with Paul Simon for a series of reunion concerts and Lennon wanted to pump him for information about the get together after revealing he was receiving offers to team up with Paul McCartney.

The Bridge Over Troubled Waters singer recalls his chat with Lennon – in the bedroom of the Dakota building home he shared with Yoko Ono.

He says, “Incredibly disarmingly, he said to me, ‘Artie, you worked with your Paul recently… I’m getting calls… that my Paul wants to work with me and I’m thinking about it… How did it go when you worked with Paul?’

“He was measuring his situation – the great John Lennon with Paul McCartney – with Paul and Artie and testing me out as if to make sure that my ego is fully established as a colleague of his.”

A thrilled Garfunkel felt that his answer could be the catalyst for a Beatles reunion and he responded, “John, remember that there was a musical blend that was a great kick; if you can return to the fun of that sound and musical happenings with your old buddy and ignore the strands and complications of history, what I found with my Paul is the harmony and the sound happenings are a full agenda. They’ll keep you busy and you’ll have fun.”

Garfunkel left the meeting feeling confident that Lennon and McCartney would reunite. Appearing in new movie Beatles Stories, he says, “The subject seemed very straightforward and uncomplicated.”
But the songwriting superduo never did work together again – and Lennon was shot dead outside the Dakota building five years later.

Yoko Ono Joins The Knot Violence Exhibition Tour

The Non-Violence Project, (NVP) is pleased to announce the world premiere of the Knot-Violence Exhibition Tour, which will feature non-violence sculptures interpreted by world personalities, youth from around the world as well as local youth from each city where the Exhibition is presented. The Tour will start in Mexico and then continue to Brazil, The United States, The United Kingdom, Italy, South Africa, China and Sweden.
Ms. Yoko Ono has now joined the campaign and unveiled her interpretation of the iconic symbol, created in her late husband’s memory. She stated, “While creating my interpretation of the knotted gun symbol, I thought back to Imagine and the words “living as one” as both John and I were devoted to the idea that we can work together to achieve world peace and eliminate the violence and the suffering in this world. As I have often said a dream we dream alone is just a dream – a dream we dream together is reality.”
The Non-Violence Project’s signature logo is the well-known symbol of peace – the gun with the knotted barrel – created by the Swedish artist Carl Fredrik Reuterswärd as a memorial tribute to John Lennon after he was shot and killed on December 8, 1980 in New York City.
So far, the knotted gun bronze sculpture proudly stands in more than thirty strategic public locations around the world, including the UN Headquarters in New York City, the Olympic Museum in Lausanne, the Waterfront in Cape Town and at the Peace Park in Beijing.

John Lennon’s Letters to Be Published

A collection of previously unseen letters, postcards and drawings from John Lennon will be published in October of 2012. The Guardianreports that Yoko Ono has given permission for the letters from her own private collection to be published in a book being put together by Hunter Davies, the official biographer of The Beatles. The letters will be printed in the order they were written and reproduced in Lennon’s handwriting.

So far, Davies has obtained 200 pieces of correspondence, but the book’s publisher is also trying to find any other correspondence Lennon may have had with friends, family, fans or pen pals. If you’re in possession of such an item, they ask that you email them atjohnlennonletters@hotmail.co.uk.

John Lennon Letters To be Published

John Lennon‘s letters are to be published after his widow Yoko Ono agreed to hand them over to a British book company for a reported $500,000-plus.

Publishers at Orion Books in London now own the intellectual property rights and they plan to release the tragic Beatle’s musings next year (12).
Alan Samson of Orion Books says, “For the most part they have never been seen before… They’re full of wonderful drawings. They are funny, sad and very human letters.”

Yoko Ono’s Heartfelt Tribute to Lennon on Death Anniversary

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Yoko Ono has paid a touching tribute to her late husband John Lennon on the 30th anniversary of his death, recalling the happy times she shared with theBeatles legend before he was killed.

The Imagine hitmaker passed away 30 years ago on 8 December, 1980 after he was gunned down outside his New York apartment in The Dakota building by deranged fan Mark Chapman.
Ono has marked the date by remembering her happiest moments with the singer – sipping Lennon’s favorite tea and laughing like teenagers together.
In a post on her Imagine Peace website, she writes, “John and I are in our Dakota kitchen in the middle of the night… ‘Yoko, Yoko, you’re supposed to first put the tea bags in, and then the hot water.’ John took the role of the teamaker, for being English. So I gave up doing it. It was nice to be up in the middle of the night, when there’s no sound in the house, and sip the tea John would make.
“One night, however, John came up with ‘I was talking to Aunt Mimi this afternoon and she says you are supposed to put the hot water in first. Then the tea bag. I could swear she taught me to put the tea bag in first, but…’ ‘So all this time, we were doing it wrong?’ ‘Yeah…’ We both cracked up. That was in 1980. Neither of us knew that it was to be the last year of our life together.
“On this day, the day he was assassinated for being a truth seeker and a communicator, what I remember is the night we both cracked up drinking tea.
“They say teenagers laugh with a drop of a hat. But nowadays I see many teenagers angry and sad at each other. John and I were hardly teenagers. But my memory of us is that we were a couple who laughed.”