John Lennon‘s only full-rehearsed concert from 1972 is getting a drastic overhaul.
Producer Jack Douglas, best known for his work with Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, and Lennon’s final 1980 songs on Double Fantasy and Milk And Honey, revealed to us that plans are in the early stages to restore the show for an upcoming release.
On August 30th, 1972, Lennon and Yoko Ono were backed by Elephants Memory for two full concerts at New York’s Madison Square Garden. The performances, known as the One To One concerts, included an afternoon matinee and an evening performance, benefited the Willowbrook House, with the proceeds from the shows going to help establish new accommodations for the mentally handicapped inhabitants of the former Willowbrook institution in Long Island, New York.
In an exclusive interview, Douglas, who was behind the boards for the 2010 Double Fantasy Stripped Downcollection, says that unlike the 1986 LP and VHS versions of the ’72 show – called, Live In New York City – he plans to include material from both the afternoon and evening charity concerts.
Douglas told us that he wants fans to be able to relive the moment with the benefit of modern technology: “What I’m proposing is that we get the One To One concert, get it to be at its proper status and sound and do a stereo and 5.1 (mix) that are worthy of the experience and make a proper DVD and get it to the fans. I would hope that we would do everything that I could get my hands on as far as footage and sound. That event really deserves more than, than we have right now”