10. John Lennon’s Final Concert Appearance was at the Garden

Madison Square Garden has hosted hundreds of concerts, but perhaps one of the most notable was John Lennon‘s last concert appearance in 1974, six years before his death. John Lennon joined Elton John on stage for a surprise guest performance, a particular shock to many fans who had missed seeing Lennon perform in the years prior. In 1972, in Lennon’s last full-length concert appearance, he and Yoko Ono performed two benefit concerts to aid patients at Willowbrook State School mental facility.

Just over two months prior to the 1974 concert, Lennon released “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night,” a single that who be his only #1 hit as a solo act. Elton John played in his session band, providing keys and vocal harmonies. John joked that if the single reached #1, Lennon would come play at one of his shows. Sure enough, it happened, and Lennon performed the hit single, as well as renditions of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and “I Saw Her Standing There.”

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This article was written by Nicole Saraniero and Marc Rich