A day after playing Arlene's Grocery in NYC, the whole band decided to visit the Strawberry Fields memorial in NYC's Central Park in honour of what would have been John Lennon's 70th birthday. All day long, people brought flowers and laid them in from of John's old apartment building, the Dakota, to pay their respects. And even more amazing, throughout the day, thousands of people of all ages visited the Strawberry Fields Memorial and sang Beatles songs for hours on end, remembering the impact that one man had on the whole world. It was quite a thing to see.
After visiting Strawberry Fields, the John Lennon memorial in NYC's Central Park, the band drove out to Novel Teas, a great coffeehouse in Red Bank, New Jersey, to meet author Jerry Levitan. Jerry's story is truly amazing, and we highly recommend his book "I Met The Walrus". When he was in his early teens, he somehow found his way into John Lennon's Toronto hotel room, and was granted an excusive interview by John himself, beating out dozens of high profile Toronto journalists. He was at Novel Teas for a book signing, and to talk about his experience.
The guys visit the venerable Canyon Country Store - an area landmark for nearly 100 years. The store's notority was cemented during the Laurel Canyon heydays of the 1960s, with artists like Mick Jagger, David Crosby, Frank Zappa, Janis Joplin and David Bowie all living in the Canyon. The store has inspired countless songs, including "Love Street" by The Doors. Mama Cass even called the store's basement home when she first arrived in LA.
The guys walk by Jim Morrison's old house in Laurel Canyon. Unfortunately, the house was destroyed in a fire several years earlier, so there isn't much to see apart from the facade. As the camera pans out, you can see how close the house is to the famous Canyon Country Store, which inspired the lyrics to The Doors' song "Love Street":