The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom & Ringo to be released + VIDEO.

This is huge news.  The interviews that Tom Snyder conducted with the members of the Fab Four, particularly John Lennon are some of my favorite Beatle footage.  They have been widely traded in bootleg circles for several years, and now they are officially being released.

Yes, this was to be John’s last televised interview.  It was one of his most frank and in-depth interviews ever.  It was honest and upbeat, and quite lengthy.  It is one of my favorites.  It will be nice to see this in a restored “official” quality.  They could release the Lennon interview by itself as a stand alone item, but we are treated to Tom Snyder’s interviews with most of the Beatle clan.  It looks like a really nice package.  His interviews have always been a joy to watch.  It goes to the top of my Beatle wish list. 

I haven’t seen the interview for a while, and haven’t posted a video clip in a long time either.  Here’s a portion (Part 1  & 2)of the Lennon interview for your enjoyment.  I don’t want to spoil the whole interview for those of you who haven’t seen it. This should tide you all over until the real McCoy comes out in April.

Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
John Lennon interview (Part 1)

Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder
John Lennon interview (Part 2)

Here’s what we’ve read.

The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom & Ringo.

John Lennon’s Last Televised Interview Finally Available on DVD from Shout! Factory, as well as Interviews with Ringo Starr, and Paul and Linda McCartney

IN STORES APRIL 1, 2008 FROM SHOUT! FACTORY

Los Angeles, CA – On April 25, 1975, John Lennon gave what was to be his last televised interview on “The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder.” No one knew then that Lennon would be taking an extended hiatus from public life, taking time to raise his son and live a less public life. Speaking openly on the subjects of drug use, the breakup of the Beatles, and his immigration problems while seeking permanent residency in the U.S., the interview Lennon gave Tom Snyder in 1975 revealed he had tremendous humility and an affecting sense of humor.

Five years after that interview, Lennon was fatally shot while coming home from a recording session. The day after the shooting and Lennon’s tragic death, “The Tomorrow Show” re-aired that last interview in tribute to him. Shout! Factory’s “The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom And Ringo” contains the complete interview with Lennon as rebroadcast on December 9, 1980, along with interviews from that day with journalist Lisa Robinson and Lennon friend and producer Jack Douglas. The show is a poignant remembrance of the aftermath of his murder and the huge void his passing had on music, and indeed, the world.

The 2-DVD set “The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom & Ringo” also includes a 1981 interview with Ringo Starr, who discusses his film and music career, as well as remembrances of his band mate and friend John Lennon, and a 1979 interview with Paul and Linda McCartney, Denny Laine & Laurence Juber, from a stage in London, who were then enjoying huge success with Wings.

“The Tomorrow Show with Tom Snyder” premiered in October 1973 in the late-night time slot following Johnny Carson’s “Tonight Show” and continued in one form or another until January 1982. Also available on DVD from Shout! Factory are “The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Punk & New Wave,” featuring Elvis Costello, John Lydon, Iggy Pop, The Jam, Patti Smith, The Ramones, Joan Jett, and The Plasmatics, and “The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: Tom Snyder’s Electric Kool-Aid Talk Show,” featuring interviews with Timothy Leary, Tom Wolfe, Ken Kesey, and performances by The Grateful Dead.

Shout! Factory is a diversified entertainment company devoted to producing, uncovering and revitalizing the very best of pop culture. Founders Richard Foos, Bob Emmer and Garson Foos have spent their careers sharing their music, television and film faves with discerning consumers the world over. Shout! Factory’s DVD offerings serve up classic, contemporary and cult TV series, riveting sports programs, live music, animation and documentaries in lavish packages crammed with extras. The company’s audio catalogue boasts GRAMMY®-nominated boxed sets, new releases from storied artists, lovingly assembled album reissues and indispensable “best of” compilations. These riches are the result of a creative acquisitions mandate that has established the company as a hotbed of cultural preservation and commercial reinvention. Shout! Factory is based in Santa Monica, Calif. For more on Shout! Factory, visit http://www.shoutfactory.com.

“The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder: John, Paul, Tom And Ringo”
Distributed by Vivendi Universal
Selection Number: SF 10129
Suggested List Price: $24.99
Release Date: April 1, 2008

Disc One: John Lennon Tribute Original Air Date 12/9/80. Additional Guests: Lennon Immigration Attorney Leon Wildes, Journalist Lisa Robinson & Music Producer Jack Douglas. It was December 9, 1980, and John Lennon had been shot and killed just one day earlier outside his New York apartment. Not since April 25, 1975, on The Tomorrow Show With Tom Snyder had Lennon sat with anyone for a television interview. Snyder re-aired his conversation with the former Beatle while new guests Lisa Robinson and Jack Douglas provided additional commentary in light of the previous day’s tragic event.

Disc Two: Paul McCartney Interview Original Air Date 12/20/79. Features Wings Music Video “Spin It On”. Additional Guests: Fellow Wings members Linda McCartney, Denny Laine & Laurence Juber. Live via satellite from London, it’s Paul McCartney! By 1979 Wings was already a great band with a solid following, but that didn’t stop Tom Snyder from asking Paul about a Beatles reunion. This conversation took place via satellite from London just prior to Wings going onstage for a holiday concert.

Ringo Starr Interview Original Air Date 11/25/81. Features Ringo Starr’s Music Video “Wrack My Brain” Additional Guest: Actress (and Ringo’s wife) Barbara Bach, Actress Angie Dickinson Interviewed in Los Angeles, Ringo talks about his then-current album Stop And Smell The Roses-a title that reflects what Ringo was in effect doing at that time after years of “turmoil, ecstasy, frenzy and confusion,” as Tom notes. Ringo also speaks out about his dear friend John Lennon.

Source: email sent by reader Bill (Thanks Bill)

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3 Responses

  1. John looked so ugly with long hair.

  2. I liked the interview. John seemed comfortable and candid. He didn’t seem bitter or defensive as in some interviews. I’d like to see more.

  3. I remember renting this interview on VHS back in the 80s. I look forward to seeing this again. Although, I’ll rent it instead of buying it. I can’t afford it.

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