A litany of promising artists have died in their prime, leaving the world longing for their talent and aimlessly grasping at what could have been. In John Lennon’s case, fans have been granted an unexpected gift: a peek into the last months of the legend’s life in the form of an app. John Lennon: The Bermuda Tapes chronicles a lifealtering, six-day journey the late icon took from Newport, R. I., to Bermuda six months before he was fatally shot. The photos, rare interviews, handwritten lyric sheets and interactive features that make up this immersive album allow listeners and viewers to simulate the trip Lennon embarked on in the summer of 1980 — from taking the helm of the Megan Jaye to visiting a few of the artist’s favourite places in Bermuda. Some locations, like the disco where Lennon first heard the B-52s’ “Rock Lobster,” virtually lead viewers through an actual space whilst simultaneously revealing the spark that once again ignited his creative process. Fans are invited to listen in as he and his wife, Yoko Ono, collaborate on what would become the Double Fantasy album — named after a freesia flower he saw in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. Intimate, acoustic demo recordings, along with audio explorations that open a window into Lennon’s songwriting, reveal the trip itself as a catalyst for his awakening from a five-year musical hiatus. All the songs on that final album were penned within a three-week period on the island, which in many ways became his muse. For those who want to take their digital immersion on a leisurely stroll, an actual visit to the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art is in order. It is home to a six-foot steel sculpture created by local artist Graham Foster and titled Double Fantasy. Prominently featuring Lennon’s Rickenbacker guitar, two double fantasy freesia flowers, peace doves and a stylised image of the artist’s profile, Foster’s work is a fitting tribute to Lennon’s love affair with Bermuda. To further celebrate the artist’s connection to the island, Bone Fish Bar & Grill is hosting musical performances honouring Lennon. During the summer 2014, the Glass Onion Band will pay tribute to Lennon — plus Bob Marley and other great rock and reggae artists — every Thursday evening from 9 to 11:30 p.m. It makes for a fun and entertaining evening in Dockyard.
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