John Lennon – the heart of the Beatles, embarked on his solo career after the band split in 1970. Portraying strong messages of peace, love and happiness through his music during the 60’s and 70’s, Lennon become one of the most influential people in history. And still is to this day. Combining intellect with power and intimacy in the way he spoke, sung and collaborated, Lennon was a musical genius with a sense of confidence and magic that oozed through everything he did.
Showing his audience (and the world) everything he was as a person, the English singer/songwriter had a whole new level of integrity, attitude and emotion. All of which shone brightly through his music and songwriting abilities. As a guitarist too, he had feeling and funk; continually writing classic songs and riffs that pushed music to new and exciting heights. Described by Lenny Kravitz as an icon for peace; Lennon was not just a musician – he was a musical pioneer and a culturally-inspired prophet too.
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The Newport Hotel’s exclusive Record Club recognises some of Western Australia’s most iconic and beloved musicians. Boosting the local music scene in a very promising light, the next installment of Season 6 pays tribute to John Lennon’s Imagine album performed by Steve Parkin and the Oh No’s Thursday 8th September 2016. Event details here.
Meet the Band
Steve Parkin: (Vocals) – Steve Parkin is an ISC and APRA award-winning songwriter from WA. A member of lauded 90’s Perth power-pop bands Vinyl (95-97) and Autopilot (98-02) he has also released two solo LP’s Sandytown and Mighty Big Light, as well as two EP’s Peaces and Nicotine Thumbs. As a session musician and singer, Steve was a member of Bob Evans‘ touring band from 2007-2009 and his backing vocals pop up on a long list of records, including albums by the likes of Eskimo Joe, Little Birdy, The Chemist, The Avenues and Timothy Nelson. Steve is also a member of Basement Birds with Josh Pyke, Kevin Mitchell and Kav Temperley.
Steve Hensby: (Guitar) – Steve Hensby Band, Bonnie Scott’s Jazz Duo and Tracksuit. Steve has also played in previous Record Club shows including Elton John, The Clash, Pink Floyd, Billy Joel and more.
Brendan Tompsett: (Bass). Brendan has been involved with other Record Club shows too, including The Doors’ Greatest Hits.
Cain Turnston: (Guitar) – The Avenues.
John Lennon’s Imagine
After leaving the Beatles in 1970, John Lennon gave the world even more timeless classics – and his 1971 album Imagine was no exception. Offering listeners a more conventional pop collection of some of his best-loved songs, the record flaunted a blues-based vibe to it complete with piano-fuelled ballads and hard hitting lyrics.
The record spawned cutting-edge masterpieces that still make a massive impact today; including Jealous Guy, Gimme Some Truth, Oh Yoko! and Oh My Love. But it was the title-track Imagine that made the album Lennon’s lushest solo record yet.
“I’ve always been obsessed with all things Beatles. This particular album is my favourite solo Beatle record. The conflicting character of John – both sensitive peacenik and vitriolic loose cannon, I have identified with myself. The album is one of professed love, spiteful anger, a campaign for peace and snarling social commentary” – Steve Parkin.
Gimme Some Truth at The Newport Record Club
“As a host of The Newport Record Club, I’m stoked that we are one of the biggest contributors in the last two years towards making original bands some cash towards their own bands. Also, bringing together musicians who’ve never played together, building networks and friendships in the local industry. Plus, it’s fun for musicians and punters alike!”
Season 6 at The Newport Record Club is almost over with Spinal Tap and Beastie Boys still to come. Make sure you stay tuned on the Toward Music blog to find out all the juicy details in the lead-up to each show and follow The Newport Record Club on Facebook for all official updates.
“This Thursday night you can expect a great band, a great artist and you get to see the host have a turn!”