John Lennon’s son sings “Imagine” for the first time ever in Ukraine fundraiser
Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son, broke his longstanding vow never to perform his father’s most iconic solo song, “Imagine,” during a benefit for Ukrainian refugees on April 9, 2022.
“I had always said, that the only time I would ever consider singing ‘Imagine’ would be if it was the ‘End of the World’,” Lennon wrote. But “the War on Ukraine is an unimaginable tragedy,” he explained. “As a human, and as an artist, I felt compelled to respond in the most significant way I could.”
The performance closed out a televised European Union pledge drive that raised €9.1 billion in public, private, and corporate cash earmarked for refugee assistance.