John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band 1970: John Lennon & Yoko Ono & Mal Evans & BP Fallon. Photography by Ron Howard/Redferns courtesy of Guitar World.

“So it’s John Lennon’s 75th Birthday, God bless him. I’m very sad he’s not here and I’m very glad that he was. Glad? John Lennon changed my life, he changed everything for so many people, he and The Beatles and beyond. The world will never be the same, thanks to John and his chums.

“And yet… Give Peace A Chance. Yes please. We need it now as much as ever – wars all over our battered yet still blessed planet, lunatics rushing around with guns, this uncertain globe melting from greed and stupidity.

“Did John Lennon save the world? No. But he gave it a try in his naive and magical way, Dr Winson O’Boogie from Liverpool, England, with his guitar and his music and his aspirational and inspirational thoughts.

“Was he perfect? No. Strangely strange but oddly normal, a fallible human being like all of us, not some deity but an enormously special and gifted rock’n’roller who reached out. John, thank you. We love you. Rest in peace”
– BP Fallon, October 9th 2015

John Lennon & The Plastic Ono Band and the classic performance of Instant Karma on BBC TV’s Top Of The Pops Feb 12th 1970.

Left to right – John Lennon [vocals & piano], Yoko Ono [knitting & Kotex eyewear], the Beatles’ road manager Mal Evans [tambourine], BP Fallon [bass guitar & hat], the Apple Records official House Hippy Richard DiLello [camera], Klaus Voorman [bass guitar] and Alan White [drums].

"Instant Karma's gonna get you..."

The following week John Lennon was to be heard being interviewed on BBC radio by Emperor Rosko and telling his host “BP Fallon playing the bass guitar, that’s concept art”.

“I can’t play bass” says BP today, laughing, “but it’s better than whacking a tambourine into John’s left ear and almost putting him off his singing”. Which – as our next two pictures show – is what BP did the previous week on the Top Of The Pops of February 5th 1970…

‘Instant Karma’ produced by Phil Spector.

John Lennon, Phil Spector, members of Stevie Wonder’s band and BP Fallon, Madison Square Gardens, New York City 1972

John Lennon: October 9th 1940 – December 8th 1980 RIP
“I believe in Dr Winston”

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A powerful BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ to a wildly responsive audience introduces Imelda May at Marlay Park in Dublin

“I believe in being in Dublin
The referendum was great, I have to say
I believe in rock’n’roll
I believe in Imelda May!”

Says BP Fallon: “I had the pleasure of introducing Imelda May on stage at Marlay Park in Dublin to 32,000 fans, doing a spoken-word ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’ with a new last verse. She’s incredible and her band are fantastic, the audience were full-on rocking and the whole boogaloo was a gas”.

Video by Shimmy Marcus.

Also appearing on the show were Alabama Shakes and Paolo Nutini.

BP Fallon ‘I Believe In Elvis Presley’. Photography by Michelle Geraghty/Golden Plec

Sitting on the double bass – Imelda sings Blondie’s ‘Dreaming’ with Al Gare playing ukelele. Photography by BP Fallon

Hand on shoulder… Photography by BP Fallon

BP Fallon Photographer photographed by Shimmy Marcus

Drummer Steve Rushton goes wild, wonderfully. Photography by BP Fallon

BP Fallon sitting at the side of the stage. Photography by Shimmy Marcus

And later in artists’ catering:

Under The Table – Three Generations – Imelda May & her dad Tony & her daughter Violet. Photography by BP Fallon

And simply because this is completely brilliant:

Jeff Beck & Imelda May & her band perform The Shangri-Las classic ‘Remember (Walking In the Sand)’

Jeff’s guitar-playing is truly amazing – and dig how he reacts to Imelda when she starts singing. Yes!


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Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry x
BP Fallon & Debbie Harry at Electric Picnic, Ireland 2014. Photography by Radek

Happy Happy 70th Birthday Debbie Harry !!!

We’re always touched by your presents, dear…

BP Fallon & Debbie Harry first met in London in 1977, introduced by Blondie’s English bass-player Nigel Harrison with whom BP had worked in 1972/1973 with the magnificent ripped-velvet roses-in-the-gutter punk group Silverhead. Blondie were doing their first-ever UK tour, supporting Television.

Here we present a unique collection of photographs of these two rock’n’roll legends Debbie & BP… and friends including former New York Doll David Johansen, BP Fallon & The Bandits whose lineup includes Nigel Harrison & Clem Burke from Blondie plus Aaron Lee Tasjan, Scott Asheton from The Stooges God bless him, Barry Cadogan from Primal Scream… and also here, The Strypes.. and even Ben E King, God bless him too.

Picture this!

Debbie in Dublin 2011. Photography by BP Fallon

Debbie in her dressing-room at the Joey Ramone Birthday Bash NYC 2001. Photography by BP Fallon

Two Dolls – David Johansen & Debbie perform at the at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

Stand By Me – Ben E King & Debbie at The 34th Annual John Lennon Tribute, New York City 2014. Photography by BP Fallon

BP & Debbie chinwagging outside the Blondie exhibition at The Chelsea Hotel Gallery NYC 2014. Photography by Bob Gruen

Blondie ‘Parallel Lines’ photo-session out-take 1977 – Nigel Harrison (bass guitar) & Frank Infante (guitar) & Chris Stein (guitar) & Debbie Harry (vocals) & Clem Burke (drums) & Jimmy Destri (keyboards). Photography by Edo Bertoglio

No Debbie – BP Fallon & The Bandits’ very first gig, Austin 2010 – Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar) & Clem Burke (drums) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Nigel Harrison (bass guitar). Photography by Bob Gruen

Blondie – Union City Blue 45 written by Debbie Harry/Nigel Harrison – Nigel Harrison & Chris Stein & Clem Burke & Jimmy Destri & Frank Infante & Debbie Harry, New York 1979

BP Fallon & The Bandits 2013 – Nigel Harrison & Aaron Lee Tasjan & BP Fallon & Barry Cadogan & Scott Asheton RIP & Clem Burke. Photography by Christopher Durst

Debbie & Clem. Photographer unknown

BP & Debbie, Austin 2014. Photography by Linda Carbone

Charlotte Kemp Muhl & BP Fallon at Blondie, Austin 2014. Photography by Glen Brown

Clem & Debbie & The Strypes

BP Fallon & The Strypes with Clem – Ross Farrelly (guitar/backing vocals) & BP Fallon (vocals) & Josh McClorey (guitar/backing vocals) & hidden Evan Walsh (drums) & Pete O’Hanlon (bass guitar) & Clem Burke (cowbell) – Lou Reed Tribute Concert, Austin 2014. Photography by Christopher Durst

One Dodgy Geezer – Electric Picnic in Ireland. Photography by Radek

Debbie Harry In The Flesh. Photography by Chris Stein


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Robert Plant in the film ‘Doreen: The Movie. “Good afternoon, madame. I just happen to have outside a truck with half a load of Tarmacadam….”

Robert Plant makes a cameo appearance as a door-to-door traveling salesman in the upcoming UK comedy film ‘Doreen: The Movie’.

The former Led Zeppelin singer plays an aged gentlemen who knocks on doors selling his services as a home handyman and offers Doreen’s friend Doris “a little bitumen slapped up your alley…

“A small amount of Tarmac for your drive?” (Tarmacadam is a brand name road-surfacing material and bitumen is another name for asphalt).

Doreen relays the obvious question of whether Plant will be doing the work for free, to which he replies “I’m quite solvent at the moment but I could do with a little bit, a pinch here and there for some apple juice.”

When he’s told to bugger off he pushes through the mail slot his card ‘PLANT HIRE Your “Driveway to Heaven” Black Dog Tarmac Ltd Call Robert on 07428’

Robert shuffles away, muttering “There must be an easier way to make ends meet”.

While Robert is attempting to sell his services to Doris at the door, inside the house Doreen is seen reading ‘JB’s: The Story Of Dudley’s Live Music Venue’ unwittingly opened at Robert’s introduction in the book.

Based on the life of the Birmingham Mail columnist, the movie stars Gill Jordan as Doreen.

‘Doreen The Movie’ will premiere in October in the UK.

Every card tells a story...
PLANT HIRE Your “Driveway To Heaven” Black Dog Tarmac Ltd Call Robert on 07428…

Every book tells a story...
An open page shows Robert’s introduction in the book ‘JB’s : The Story Of Dudley’s Live Music Venue’ by Geoff Tristram

Two Dodgy Geezers
Says Robert “Bernard, I wonder what happened to Monty The Python…” Says BP “Well, it’s a change from the one-eyed trouser snake…”
Photography by Logan Plant


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Wholly Holy – Tony Visconti & BP Fallon & Woody Woodmansey. Photography by Gaz

At The Olympia Theatre in Dublin last night, Holy Holy played. Who? BP Fallon introduced them on stage and this explains it.

BP’s intro speech

“Tony Visconti… the great Tony Visconti… you know he produced Thin Lizzy too… my friend Tony Visconti.

“We met in 1967, in London. Denny Cordell the record producer, the brilliant Denny Cordell, he was producing The Move and Joe Cocker at Olympic Studios. And with Denny was this guy working as the engineer, this guy who’d come over from America – Tony Visconti.

“Fast forward a little bit – I was in Denny’s office and he said ‘Hey, would you like to hear this group that Tony’s going to be producing? Personally, I think they’re dreadful’. So down this little corridor and into this little room and there’s Tony and these two guys playing and sitting on the floor – Steve Peregrin Took… and Marc Bolan – Tyrannosaurus Rex.

“So… I end up working with Tyrannosaurus Rex – T.Rex – I was the mental guru, Purple Browed Beep, and Tony Visconti was their record producer.

“And at the same time Tony was producing this One Hit Wonder – he’d had a hit with ‘Space Oddity’ – David Bowie. Tony was in David Bowie’s group Hype and then they made this album ‘The Man Who Sold The World’, Tony producing and playing on it. It didn’t sell many copies but without it there would have been no Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars.

“So tonight – with Woody Woodmansey who was the drummer on ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ and then a Spider in The Spiders From Mars, ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ live by Tony Visconti and Woody and friends in this special band that they’ve put together – ladies and gentlemen! – HOLY HOLY!”

And the gig was a gas – ‘TMWSTW’ from beginning to end plus many more magical Bowie songs a go-go, with Glenn Gregory handling the DB vocals and the punters going totally bonkers. Yup.

Holy Holy – Tony Visconti (bottom left) & Woody Woodmansey (bottom right) play David Bowie’s 1970 ‘The Man Who Sold The World’ album

Hyperman aka Tony Visconti & David Bowie in their group Hype – The Roundhouse, London 1970

Tony Visconti gives it some bass. Photography by BP Fallon

“Thank you for being such an incredible audience!”. Woody Woodmansey & Tony Visconti. Photography by BP Fallon

Dedicated with love & respect to the memories of
Mick Ronson & Trevor Bolder – Spiders From Mars & beyond.
Mick: May 26th 1946 – 29 April 29th 1993
Trevor: June 9th 1950 – May 21st 2013
God bless you, gentlemen. RIP



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