NFTF had the opportunity to celebrate John Lennon’s birthday a bit early by going to see Just Imagine’s interpretation of the famous Beatle’s larger than life story. NFTF has seen many an act claim that they can deliver the goods, but ultimately fall short of the mark. To be fair, it must be difficult to try and fill the shoes of such a legend as Lennon. Thanks to the fine efforts of Tim Piper and his band, Just Imagine was not only up to the task they surpassed anything that NFTF has seen to date. It’s important to remember that NFTF has a qualified point of reference having actually seen The Beatles and at least 10 tribute acts over the years as well as many a attempts to cover Beatle songs as well as Lennon songs.
For NFTF, Tim Piper is the thread and the band the device which wove quite a flawless and seamless tale of the enigma called John Lennon. Just Imagine presents a slamming reality of Lennon which delves into uncharted areas that NFTF has not seen before. With a background that is amazing flashing on screen, NFTF kept going back to Bob Dylan and his being the self admitted person that first turned on The Beatles. And when the guru flashed across the screen, Sexy Sadie and Mia Farrow’s sister came flooding to mind. No important aspect of Lennon’s life was left unexamined.
Key board player Morley Bartnof/Cosmo Topper has been a Facebook friend for a few years and is always promoting Just Imagine and NFTF has never quite made it. Just Imagine is 4-years-old and NFTF has been told they established their early origins in the NoHo Arts District. As a unit, Just Imagine works. Tim Piper IS John Lennon and coupled with the band they deliver a gut wrenching production. YES, NFTF said gut. NFTF felt Just Imagine in the gut and that is a tribute first and is why NFTF spent the whole show dancing in it’s seat.
Although NFTF’s Music Maven never had the opportunity to meet Lennon or have a photo opportunity with him, this certainly makes up for that as well as finding a place on the Maven’s bucket list.
For Just Imagine info their website is: www.justimaginetheshow.com and for a 50% discount the promo code is LOVE50 and the Hayworth Theater’s phone number is 323-960-4442 for reservations.
HAPPY BITHDAY JOHN 10/9/2013