Yoko Ono told Liam Gallagher naming his son Lennon was “silly”
Liam Gallagher is a bonafide Beatlemaniac. The Oasis singer has never been shy about his admiration for the Fab Four and one man, in particular, John Lennon. The Mancunian even went as far as to name his son Lennon Gallagher in homage to his hero.
Naturally, being a part of the British rock royalty, Gallagher has come into close contact with some of his legendary idols and crossed paths with John Lennon’s wife Yoko Ono too.
Liam Gallagher isn’t just your fairweather fan, he sees The Beatles and John Lennon as intrinsic to his inner peace. In 2018 he told NME, “I have got John Lennon. Anytime I am in need, man, I just stick him on, all those dark clouds disappear. I do not need therapy. John Lennon is my thing.” So one can only imagine what connecting with his hero, in any way, might mean.
The singer met Lennon’s wife in 1999 while he was in New York and the performance artist Ono had ascertained that the Manc legend had named his son, who was born in that year, after her husband.
Speaking to the Daily Mirror, Gallagher recalled: “Yoko said, ‘I’ve heard you’ve called your son Lennon’.
“I said, ‘Yeah’, she said, ‘Why? Do you not think it’s a bit of a silly name?’” Never one to miss an opportunity to be blunt and a little obnoxious, LG replied: “And I said, ‘No, it’s a bit silly being called Yoko, isn’t it? So, Lennon, it is.’”
Yoko was clearly still in the jovial mood as she replied: “‘Don’t you think he’ll get picked on in school?’ I was like, ‘Nah man, he’ll be buzzing with that name.’” It wasn’t the end of the exchange either.
Liam also revealed that Yoko “made us a nice cup of tea” as she showed them around her house. “She asked me if I wanted a go on the piano, I said, ‘No you’re all right’. Then she showed us around. I said, ‘That’s a really nice picture of you’, she had loads round the piano.
“She looked cool, Yoko, she had these shades on and a playsuit and I said, ‘It’s a really cool picture’ and she said, ‘That was John’s favourite’.”