Yoko reflects on John Lennon's 70th
Published 05/10/2010 | 15:14
Yoko Ono has said she thinks John Lennon would have been more relaxed about turning 70 than he was about his 40th birthday.
Yoko recalled the late Beatle fretted: "I can't believe I'm going to be 40!"
"I said, 'John, John - 40's not so bad, you know?'" she added.
Lennon was fatally shot on December 8, 1980 - almost three months after turning 40.
To celebrate what would have been his 70th birthday on Saturday, eight of Lennon's albums have been remastered and are being re-released this week as single albums as well as two boxed sets. There is also a remixed version of Yoko and Lennon's 1980 Double Fantasy album.
Yoko added that she thought the activist would have been frustrated with the turmoil in the world today.
"He would have been totally angry," she said. "He would have felt like he wanted to run somewhere and just bang something or strangle someone, you know? But then I think, I'm sure he would have relaxed and decided he should still be an activist. We need to really do something about the world. Otherwise, we're all going to blow up together."
Meanwhile, Ozzy Osbourne is celebrating Lennon's milestone by covering one of his songs. The Black Sabbath heavy-metal king has made a cover of Lennon's How, available on iTunes to benefit Amnesty International.
Ozzy said Lennon was a "driving force for humanity". He also credits the Beatles as the inspiration for his musical career.
A video for the song is debuting on AOL's PopEater.com.