Though John Lennon was tragically murdered in 1980, he played his last full-scale concerts in 1972. Lennon, Yoko Ono and Elephant’s Memory headlined a pair of “One To One” shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City during the afternoon and at night on this date 44 years ago to raise funds for children with mental challenges.
The first show was lacking energy at points and saw some ragged performances leading Lennon to note, “welcome to the rehearsal!” Thankfully, John and his band were in fine form for the evening set which wound up being the final full John Lennon live performance. The 14-song setlist was heavy on material from the beginning of John’s solo career including “Imagine,” “Cold Turkey,” “Mother” and “Instant Karma!” Lennon and his band did pull one song from the Beatles’ repertoire as they delivered a powerful version of “Come Together.” The concert ended with “Give Peace A Chance” which featured many of the evening’s other performers.
Watch “Come Together” from John Lennon’s final full scale concert: