Six O’Clock Triple Shot – 12/8/14 John Lennon Shot Dead
(The Six O'Clock Triple Shot is a daily feature of three songs that share a common theme, heard weeknights on 94.9 WMMQ)
We look back on a tragic day, not just in Rock 'n' Roll history, but world history, in general. December 8, 1980 legendary activist and musician John Lennon was gunned down outside of the Dakota, the artist's New York City apartment building. A crazed lunatic of a fan, who's name will not be mentioned in this piece was responsible, and continues to serve out a 20 years to life sentence for his role. The madman has been eligible for parole since 2000, and is entitled to a parole board hearing every two years. Deservedly so, this monster has been rejected, and likely will continue to be rejected for a parole release. The video posted below is a commentary piece by legendary Detroit news anchor Bill Bonds from WXYZ-TV in 1980. I will let his words and views do the speaking as they are a complete summation of my views and opinions on this tragedy the world should never forget.
It's really a shame that such a tragedy will forever over-shadow great achievements and significant dates in history, including the birthdays of Gregg Allman, Jim Morrison, and Def Leppard's Phil Collen. This is also the day that Traffic released their epic Mr. Fantasy LP, Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band announced a world tour after a ten year hiatus, Ozzy Osbourne nearly died after an ATV accident, and another rock death occurred this day in 2004, as Pantera guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbotts was gunned down on stage, along with three others in the crowd, at a Damageplan concert in Columbus, OH. But, a heavy day it is, especially for baby-boomers and Gen X'ers, alike.
Tune in for three Lennon classics for tonight's Six O'Clock Triple Shot: "Strawberry Fields Forever" comes from the Beatles Anthology set as a studio outtake, "All You Need Is Love", from Magical Mystery Tour, and "Watching The Wheels" from his final studio effort Double Fantasy, only on 94.9 WMMQ!