An in-depth Rolling Stone magazine interview John Lennon gave just three days before he was killed is to be published in its entirety to mark the 30th anniversary of the tragedy.
Lennon was gunned down by Mark David Chapman outside his home in New York on 8 December, 1980, and now his final print interview with Jonathan Cott will hit the music news publication.
Excerpts from the journalist's nine-hour interview with Lennon on 5 December, 1980, ran in Rolling Stone's tribute to John Lennon the following month - but Cott never transcribed all of the tapes.
For 30 years they sat in the back of his closet.
Cott says, "Earlier this year I was cleaning up to find some files in the recesses of my closet when I came across two cassette tapes marked 'John Lennon, December 5th, 1980'. It had been 30 years since I listened to them, and when I put them on this totally alive, uplifting voice started speaking on this magical strip of magnetic tape."
In the candid interview, Lennon talked about his plans for a possible tour, stating, "We just might do it but there will be no smoke bombs, no lipstick, no flashing lights. It just has to be comfy. But we could have a laugh. We're born-again rockers, and we're starting over."
He eerily added, "There's plenty of time, right? Plenty of time."
The new Rolling Stone, which wil serve as a tribute to the late Beatle, also features an essay written by Yoko Ono about her final moments with her late husband.
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