The Dream Power John Lennon Super Live was held at the Nippon Budokan on December 8, the anniversary of John’s passing.
The twelfth edition of the Dream Power John Lennon Super Live was held at the Nippon Budokan on December 8, the anniversary of John Lennon’s passing. The artists who responded to Yoko Ono’s call gathered at the event, along with a crowd of 12,000, to commit themselves to the spirit of love and peace.
The Dream Power John Lennon Super Live is a charity event with the aim of donating schools to underprivileged children throughout the world. 117 schools in 28 countries have been built from the past eleven concerts, with further schools to be added to the list this year. In addition, the proceeds of the charity merchandise sold at the event will help support children who were orphaned by the twin disasters that struck Japan on March 11, 2011.
This year’s edition of the concert saw the first-ever appearance of Sean Ono Lennon. Ever since the disasters struck the land that he considers his second home, he has been pained by the suffering caused by the tsunami and the nuclear plant crisis that still persists today. Wanting to do something to help, he played at the concert for the first time ever, performing his father’s song “Yer Blues.”
The show began with a video describing John Lennon’s life. As an audio recording of John speaking for peace in Japanese rang through the darkness, Roy of the Bawdies, accompanied by Naoki from Love Psychedelico, kicked things off with a shouting rendition of the upbeat rock number “Dizzy Miss Lizzy.”
In addition to longstanding concert favorites such as Tamio Okuda, Kazuya Yoshii, Kazuyoshi Saito, and Love Psychedelico, there were performances by Ayaka, last seen at the Dream Power Concert four years ago, who chose this event as her first festival appearance since her recovery from illness, as well as first-timers flumpool, Kazuya Miyata (Jun Sky Walkers), Ryota Fujimaki (Remioromen), Kiyosaku (Mongol 800), Mummy-D (Rhymester). All told, sixteen acts gave an impassioned performance of 24 John Lennon songs.
The actor Yosuke Eguchi, appearing at the concert for the first time, did a poetry reading of the “Love” and “Imagine” lyrics translated into Japanese, while the model/actor Anne appeared as a singer this time, performing “I Want To Hold Your Hand” among others. The actor/pianist Nao Matsushita was backed by a violinist and a cellist while she performed “Love” on piano, and sang vocals on “Woman,” ending her set with a piano rendition of “Imagine.”
One-off collaborations between artists have become a tradition at this event, and the audience this year was treated to a dream duo of Tamio Okuda, vocalist of Unicorn, and Kazuya Miyata, vocalist of Jun Sky Wakers, collaborating on “Come Together.”
Kazuya Yoshii is another artist who, along with Tamio Okuda, has been a longstanding contributor to the concert, making it six consecutive years he participated in the event, for a total of eight times. He performed two John Lennon songs, including a rendition of “Working Class Hero” featuring lyrics that he translated into Japanese himself. Kazuyoshi Saito played a version of “Imagine” that was performed by the late Kiyoshiro Imawano several years ago, featuring the exact same lyrics that Kiyoshiro translated into Japanese.
The disc jockey Jon Kabira participated for the first time as an MC. He gave an explanation on the Dream Power movement, which has donated 117 schools in 28 countries up until last year, and then went on to appeal the importance of donating schools for underprivileged children throughout the world. There was also the first-ever appearance by a cartoon character, as Kaiketsu Zorori went up on stage to read aloud the letters sent from the children attending the donated schools, to the delight of those in the audience who were there with their children.
“ONOCHORD,” a work of art created by light, is another tradition of this event. At Jon Kabira’s bidding, the audience and the entire lineup of performers sent each other an “I love you” message using flashlights. As the performers and 12,000 members of the audience were united in this light, Yoko Ono took the stage and participated in the ONOCHORD performance, sending her message to the crowd, and to the universe.
For the finale, Yoko, accompanied by all the other top artists participating in the event, performed “Happy Xmas (War Is Over),” “Power To The People,” and “Imagine.” Before going into “Imagine,” the final song of the night, Yoko gave a passionate speech about her thoughts on John Lennon and the appeal for peace. Yoko’s words, “A dream you dream alone is only a dream. A dream you dream together is reality.” rang true that night, as the dreams of the crowd of 12,000 and all the performers became one in a touching finale. Those who were there got the sense that the world was surely changing.
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A successful marriage proposal
at the Dream Power John Lennon Super Live
We’ve been hearing rumors on twitter that taking a photo underneath the John Lennon Super Live sign handing at the Nippon Budokan entrance and using that photo for your cell phone standby screen will lead to happy results, such as finding love or getting that job you wanted. Reports have come in about various dreams actually coming true.
And there was a marriage proposal at this year’s edition of the concert, and a couple is now newly engaged.
Appearing on stage for the familiar ONOCHORD performance, Yoko exchanged some words with Jon Kabira, who emceed the event, and mentioned that she always reads messages she receives on twitter regardless of how busy her schedule is.
“I heard from the concert staff that there is an audience member who is planning on making a marriage proposal today,” Jon Kabira said. Yoko commented on how beautiful that is, as she searched the crowd in an attempt to find the couple. Responding to Yoko’s call, the Budokan was enveloped by the loud cheers and applause from the crowd of 12,000, as the artists started performing John and Yoko’s Christmas number, “Happy Xmas.”
The concert ended without incident, and we began receiving inquiries via email and twitter the following day from curious people who wanted to know if the marriage proposal was successful. He sent a message to Yoko on twitter to report the results of the proposal and thank her, which we would like to share with you:
“Yoko, I was able to give her the engagement ring!
We sang “Happy Xmas” together as I put the ring on her finger!
This is all thanks to the love and encouragement I received from you and the other wonderful performers and audience members.
So it was very moving for me to hear all the songs!
I will work hard for her happiness, and pray for world peace from the bottom of my heart!
It was a beautiful show tonight, something I will remember for the rest of my life!
I would love to attend the event again!
Thank you so much!!!”
Concert to be shown on TV on New Year’s Eve
The 2012 edition of the Dream Power John Lennon Super Live, held at the Nippon Budokan on December 8 will be shown on the CS channel Fuji TV Next Live Premium. This can be seen on Sky PerfecTV, Hikari TV, and cable television.
Details as follows:
Fuji TV Next Live Premium
December 31, 2012, 19:00 – 22:00
How to watch the show:
Sky PerfecTV / Channel 309
Sky PerfecTV Premium Service / Channel 613
Sky PerfecTV Premium Service (standard definition) / Channel 704
Hikari TV / Channel 562
Cable television / Please contact your local cable operator
Details of the show
Details on how to watch the show
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