From: email@example.com (Philippe Vezina)
Yes, John and Yoko did appear with Frank and the Mothers at the same show
that the Fillmore 71 album was recorded.They performed a song called
'Scumbag' which was basically all three of them screaming SCUMBAG at the
top of their lungs.
The John and Yoko album "Sometime in New York City" which came out in 1972,
is a 2 record set. The first album is studio cuts and the second album is
live. If you can grab an original or fairly old copy like mine, you will see
when you pull out the sleeve for album number 2, that it is the ZAPPA
Fillmore 71 album cover. The sleeve is an exact replica of the Zappa album
cover, except John Lennon scribbled all over it and wrote down other stuff
instead of what Frank had wrote "obviously John wrote the correct songs
from that album". Also if you open up the album jacket, you'll see a nice
picture of Zappa (with guitar) and John and Yoko onstage at that Fillmore
From: firstname.lastname@example.org (jeffrey.j.rocca)
Yes, John and Yoko jammed with the Mothers at the Fillmore East. But it is
not captured on the _Fillmore East, June 1971_ album. Two different mixes
of the jam can be heard, one on John and Yoko's _Sometime in New York City_,
the other on Zappa'a _Playground Psychotics_.
And here is FZ own account of event
From: email@example.com (Same as cpeq)
This is the second of 2 Frank Zappa interviews which were
transcribed from an imported CD called "The Frank Zappa Interview
Picture Disk". According to my closest estimation based on the
interview's context, it must have been conducted sometime in early
to mid 1984.
Q: I would like to ask you 2 questions: one is... on "Sometime In New
York City", the John Lennon and Yoko Ono?
Z: What about it?
Q: What was it? How did it come about and all that?
Z: The day before the show, a journalist in New York City woke me up -
knocked on the door and is standing there with a tape recorder and
goes: "Frank, I'd like to introduce you to John Lennon," you know,
waiting for me to gasp and fall on the floor and I said "Well, ok.
Come on in." And we sat around and talked, and I think the first thing
he said to me was "You're not as ugly as I thought you would be." So
anyway, I thought he had a pretty good sense of humor so I invited him
to come down and jam with us at the Fillmore East.
We had already booked in a recording truck because we were making
the "Live at the Fillmore" album at the time. After they had sat in
with us, an arrangement was made that we would both have access to the
tapes. He wanted to release it with his mix and I had the right to
release it with my mix - so that's how that one section came about.
The bad part is, there's a song that I wrote called "King Kong"
which we played that night, and I don't know whether it was Yoko's
idea or John's idea but they changed the name of the song to "Jam
Rag", gave themselves writing and publishing credit on it, stuck it on
an album and never paid me. It was obviously not a jam session song -
its got a melody, its got a bass line, it's obviously an organized
song - little bit disappointing. I've never released my version of the
mixes of that night.
Q: Do you ever intend to?
Z: One day yeah - but it would be drastically different because there
were things that were edited out of their version and certain words
that were being sung that were removed because of the editorial slant
that they wanted to apply to the material and I have a slightly
different viewpoint on it.