Perry Farrell Explains Why He Tried To Emulate John Lennon
In a recent video posted by AXS TV on Twitter, Perry Farrell talked about John Lennon, his song ‘Imagine,’ and said he is trying to imitate him because there is no one better than him.
John Lennon is one of the most influential figures in rock history and has become a cultural icon. He was with the Beatles for 30 years until they disbanded in 1970 and continued producing music as a solo artist. The legendary singer and songwriter was also an activist that supported the US left politics.
He attended protests and contributed to the anti-war movement with his music while practicing his activism even during his honeymoon with Yoko Ono. Lennon was murdered in 1980 by a Beatles fan named Mark David Chapman, but even after his death, he continued to influence many people worldwide.
In AXS TV’s video, rockstars such as Amy Lee, Lzzy Hale, David Archie, and Roger Earl revealed their thoughts and feelings on Lennon’s song ‘Imagine.’ Farrell was one of the people featured in the video. He said that he admired every aspect of Lennon and that he was trying to emulate him. However, he doesn’t agree with the lyrics of imagine because it states no belief in heaven and hell.
Here is what he said in the video:
“I started drawing pictures of John Lennon when I was a little boy in the 60s. I loved his voice, I loved his attitude, and so when I think of the song ‘Imagine,’ you have to understand that John Lennon is one of my greatest inspirations. His music, his composition, who he was as a man, how he showed love to a woman, what he stood for.
The great peace art movement that Yoko did. I do try to emulate John Lennon because there are really not many people better in history. But I don’t agree with the song ‘Imagine’ entirely. It starts out with ‘Imagine there’s no heaven,’ and I can’t imagine that. It’s impossible for me to imagine that there isn’t heaven or hell. But after that, the song picks up steam and goes right to the top of the mountain.”
You can watch the full video below.
@AmyLeeEV of Evanescence, Perry Farrell of @janesaddiction, @LZZYHALE of Halestorm, @DavidArchie, and Roger Earl of @FOGHAT share what @johnlennon's "Imagine" means to them. #Imagine50 pic.twitter.com/rH1c8keyx3
— AXS TV (@AXSTV) September 6, 2021