John Lennon tribute performer Gary Gibson’s uncanny resemblance to the late John Lennon has created a furore wherever he has turned up, even amongst the ranks of those who knew and loved Lennon well.
A few years after the former Beatle was murdered, Gary was performing with his band The Cavern in New York and took a stroll close to New York’s Dakota Building to take a peek at the famous home of Lennon.
Suddenly he saw Yoko Ono wander out on her own. He casually walked across to wish her the best. A startled Yoko Ono stared in shock at the “apparition” before her. Then, waving her hands in the air and moaning “No, No, No” she ran away in panic.
“I suppose it must have been a surprise as I had my hair in that brushed back Teddy-boy style that John had gone back to wearing. “She certainly didn’t hang around to return my greeting,” said Gary with a grin.
Gary is now quite relaxed about the stunned reaction after nearly 25 years in show business, first with a heavy metal band and then in 1980 he formed his own outfit, Cavern.
“In a way that was probably the first of the Beatles tribute groups as we were doing it long before people like the Bootleg Beatles.”
Last September Gary unveiled The John Lennon Experience that has taken the Beatles fan circus by storm. “We feature the type of songs that I think Lennon might well have chosen on the world tour he was planning at the time of his shocking death,” said Gary.
It includes Lennon’s solo material from the Plastic Ono Band through to the Double Fantasy album and incorporates many Beatles classics and a raft of the rip-roaring rock ‘n’ roll numbers that Lennon loved so well. Gary brings his unique show to Lizotte’s Newcastle on November 27th. For more information and tickets visit www.lizottes.com.au