Yoko Ono Talks Japan Disaster and Relief Concert

by Simon Vozick-Levinson, Rolling Stone

Yoko Ono, like so many others, has been stunned and saddened by news of the deadly earthquake and tsunami in Japan. “I’m still in a daze, in a way,” she tells Rolling Stone at SXSW, where she is performing and giving a talk. “Of course, I’m Japanese, too. It’s something that happened in my home country. It’s an incredible shock.”

On March 27th, Ono will join her son Sean Lennon, Sonic Youth, Cibo Matto and others for a Japan benefit concert in New York, organized by avant-garde composer John Zorn. And she’s still looking for more ways to help the disaster victims. “I have to think about what I will do next,” she says. “Of course, I donated money to the Red Cross, but I don’t think that’s enough.”

Ono also told Rolling Stone about her plans for performing at SXSW, her work with Lady Gaga and how she feels about becoming a dance chart sensation.