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Julian Lennon Performs ‘Imagine’ For Ukraine: Look + Listen

For the very first time in his career Julian Lennon performed his late father’s legendary ‘Imagine.’

In a dark room surrounded by candles and accompanied by acoustic guitarist Nuno Bettencourt, on Saturday (4.09) the singer-songwriter posted a video of him performing the famous 1971 John Lennon classic.

Accompanying the performance was a caption that explained that in delivering his take on ‘Imagine’ he broke a vow that he would only perform the song “if it was the End of the World”.

The video was posted during a benefit for Ukrainian refugees that closed out a televised European Union pledge drive which raised $10.1 billion in grants and loans for the cause.

About the event, Lennon wrote: “Today, for the first time ever, I publicly performed my Dad’s song, Imagine.” “I had always said that the only time I would ever consider singing Imagine would be if it was the End of the World…” “The war on Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy… As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could.” “Within this song, we’re transported to a space, where love and togetherness become our reality, if but for a moment in time…The song reflects the light at the end of the tunnel, that we are all hoping for.”

The drive, called Stand Up for Ukraine, ended on 9 April, but humanitarian organizations are still taking donations.

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Author: Al Denté

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