Everyday I find a reason to say to myself, “YouTube is SO AWESOME.” It’s like a video time capsule, man. So apropros of nothing, here is the video that MTV played back-to-back for fifteen minutes at midnight on January 15, 1991 (the UN’s deadline for Iraq to leave Kuwait).
It was actually Lenny Kravitz’s idea to re-release “Give Peace a Chance” with new lyrics. With the help of Yoko and Sean Lennon, he went about replacing John’s references to bagism and Hare Krishna with mentions of Armageddon, HIV, and New Kids On The Block.
Thanks Mo for the heads up.
The Peace Choir was: Amina, Adam Ant, Sebastian Bach, Bros, Felix Cavaliere, Terence Trent D’Arby, Flea, John Frusciante, Peter Gabriel, Kadeem Hardison, Ofra Haza, Joe Higgs, Bruce Hornsby, Lee Jaffe, Al Jarreau, Jazzie B, Davey Johnstone, Lenny Kravitz, Cyndi Lauper, Sean Lennon, Little Richard, LL Cool J, M.C.Hammer, Michael McDonald, Duff McKagan, Alannah Myles, New Voices of Freedom, Randy Newman, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Iggy Pop, Q-Tip, Bonnie Raitt, Run, Dave Stewart, Teena Marie, Steven Van Zandt, Don Was, Wendy & Lisa, Ahmet Zappa, Dweezil Zappa, Moon Zappa.