LENNONMANIA!

The news comes on the day it emerges that the star's killer Mark Chapman may be free by Christmas...

On the day it has emerged JOHN LENNON’s killer MARK CHAPMAN may be freed on parole by Christmas, some 20 years after the ex-Beatles murder, details have been released of two LENNON albums set to reappear to mark what would have been his 60th birthday.

The ‘John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band’ and 1980’s ‘Double Fantasy’ will be reissued on October 9, the late star’s birthday. Each album will feature original artwork, some additional period photographs and a number of bonus tracks.

‘…Plastic Ono Band’ will include ‘Power To The People’, originally released as single after the album and ‘Do The Oz’, originally the b-side on ‘God Save Oz’. 1980’s ‘Double Fantasy’, which was the star’s first studio long-player in five years, will include three bonus tracks – ‘Help Me To Help Myself’, ‘Central Park Stroll’ and ‘Walking On Thin Ice’.

‘Walking On Thin Ice’ will have special significance to fans as it was final song ever Lennon ever finished, completed hours before his murder.

Lennon was shot as left the Dakota Building, his New York apartment block, on the evening of December 8, 1980. Chapman, the star’s assassin, had approached him earlier in the day for an autograph. That evening, he was carrying a copy of J.D. Salinger‘s ‘Catcher In the Rye’ and took his cue from the novel’s young hero Holden Caulfield feeling Lennon to be the ultimate “phoney”.

Under the terms of his sentence Chapman is due for parole after 20 years. He is said to believe that a jail-term conversion to Christianity and expression of remorse is going to work in his favour.

Meanwhile, the world’s first permanent John Lennon museum is to open in Tokyo on October 9 and a major Lennon exhibition is to run at the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland later that same month.