“He Means The World To Me” – Today’s Musicians On Why They Love John Lennon

From avid disciple Liam Gallagher to Biffy Clyro’s Simon Neil, John Lennon has influenced every generation of musicians since the 60s. Some 35 years since his murder on the streets of New York, we collect the words of today’s performers on the legend himself.

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Rou Reynolds (Enter Shikari): "Well, what can you say. An absolute legend. I think he’s been an inspiration to our band even though people probably wouldn’t realise it. Not just his music but his activism as well, and his outlook."

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Liam Gallagher: "His voice is the main thing I love. I like his speaking voice! That’s pretty fucking mega. But his voice when he sings is the one. Political voice? Don't give a shit, couldn't care less about politics. But everything else - his singing voice, his songs, and his words – means the world to me."

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Simon Neil (Biffy Clyro): "He was obviously the hugest rockstar ever but Lennon seemed to operate in a slightly different dimension to that: he was the working class hero, the everyman, and a real provocateur."

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Ray Davies (The Kinks): "His voice cut through all the nonsense and sent a message to me that said, "If I can do it then so can you, so get up off your backside and play some rock ’n’ roll," as if to throw down a musical gauntlet."
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