Julian Lennon was born on April 8th in Sefton General Hospital, Liverpool, England. His father, John Lennon, was on tour with the Beatles and a week elapsed before he was able to visit his wife and son. Beatlemania required that John visit the hospital heavily disguised. On seeing Julian for the first time he commented to Julian's mother: "He's bloody marvellous, Cyn. Isn't he absolutely fantastic? Whose going to be a famous little rocker like his dad?"
John and Cynthia Lennon were divorced in November 1968, leaving a five-year-old Julian almost entirely cut off from his already distant father. That same year John gave Julian a set of drums.
In 1974 Julian Lennon, at age eleven, was recorded playing drums whilst his dad sang Ya-Ya. The album credits read 'starring Julian Lennon on drums and dad on piano and vocals'. When Julian first heard himself on the album he asked his dad "Why did you do that? If I'd known it was going on the album I would have played better".
Whilst attending Kingsmead Boarding School Julian and Justin Clayton become close friends. It was here, around 1975, that they learned to play rock and roll guitar thanks to the gym teacher, Mr Wynn. While at the school Julian and Justin formed a band. Julian played a Les Paul copy, a christmas present from his dad when Julian was 11.
In 1981 Julian Lennon moved in for a six-month stay with Elton John's percussionist, Ray Cooper. Cynthia commented "Like his father, he flunked out of school and was drifting. I sent him to stay with Ray Cooper, a percussionist who played with Elton John, for six months. He virtually saved Julian and transformed him into the musician he is today."
On October 15th, 1984 Julian debut album "Valotte" is released in the UK. All tracks but one are Julian originals and he is featured on lead vocals, drums and percussion, bass guitar and keyboards.
From that moment on, Julian Lennon grew out into a star. Until Julian had tired of the media circus.
Despite the fact that he launched his career with the international hit single 'Too Late for Goodbyes,' despite the fact that between the years 1984 and 1991 he released four albums with combined sales of five and a half million, Lennon quit in 1998.
He spent the next few years living the life he had previously been denied during his punishing schedule. Relaxing in his lakeside house in Northern Italy. Sailing, Travelling. Accumulating antiques, rifling through flea markets. Anything that didn't involve the dreaded 'm'-word.
During this time Julian even considered other career options: "I needed to think about a life outside the industry. I've always been interested in architecture and interior design, and even cooking … but in the end I started playing again because of my love of music - and I didn't want to walk away from it all with the last four albums as a legacy!"
Until 2005. This time round things had to be different. A chance meeting with producer Bob Rose (Roy Orbison, Edie Brickell) drew Julian back to the studio. He assembled supporting musicians including Simon Edwards (Fairground Attraction) on bass, Manny Elias (Tears for Fears) on drums, multi-instrumentalist Donal Lunny, guitarists Justin Clayton (Julian's longtime friend and co-writing partner), Matt Backer and Robbie Blunt. The result was over an album's worth of material.