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Beatle news briefs: Yoko Ono on John; CNN Fabs show; new names to N.Y. tribute

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In a great interview published Jan. 17 and done to promote an exhibit of John Lennon art in Florida, Yoko Ono told New Times writer Liz Tracy that she and John Lennon were “a match to a match” and her time with him was very exciting.

“The most energetic and exciting time was when John and I were together,” she said. “It was nice that we understood each other."

She also said he was “very special” and different from anyone else she ever met.

“It's not very easy to meet somebody like John, you know. Before that, that was my third marriage, the people that I had situations with before were all creative, energetic people, but still, John topped it all, of course.”

She also told Tracy how she manages to be so upbeat. “When I was with John, John brought out the positive side to pull me through. In those days, people really attacked me, they hated me. Naturally, you can't always be up on that! Now, it's alright. People are kind to me, they understand my work. I get energy from that.”

In her latest Q&A posted Friday, she says has no plans for her 81st birthday Feb. 18. “But I expect some kind of surprise celebration happening without my previous knowledge,” she said. “That’s how it works, doesn’t it?”

Tribute adds more performers: The producers of “Twist and Shout: New York Celebrates the Beatles” at the Apollo Theater added Lulu and Dionne Warwicke to the list of performers that already included Tommy James, Melanie, Mary Wilson of the Supremes, Lloyd Price, Gary U.S. Bonds, Melvin Van Peebles and more. Tickets are available through Ticketmaster.

Ringo catches the Eagles: Ringo Starr and wife Barbara Bach were photographed at the L.A. Forum Jan. 17 catching a concert by his brother-in-law Joe Walsh with the Eagles.

CNN Beatles special: CNN has announced it will air a special on the Beatles 50th anniversary called “The Sixties – The British Invasion” at 9 p.m. Jan. 30. The program is taken from a 10-part series, “The Sixties,” which will air beginning in May. “The British Invasion,” co-produced by Tom Hanks, Gary Goetzman and Mark Herzog, will feature interviews with Smokey Robinson, Micky Dolenz of the Monkees, Graham Nash of Crosby, Stills & Nash, journalist David Wild and drummer Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson of the Roots.

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