Yoko Ono turns 80, performs in Berlin

2:09 PM, Feb 18, 2013   |    comments
John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono poses at the Schirn Kunsthalle in Frankfurt, central Germany. Four days before her 80th birthday, the artist opened her exhibition 'Yoko Ono. Half-A-Wind Show' with her own works.(Photo: Arne Dedert, AP)
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Oh Yoko, are you really 80?

Happy birthday wishes are in order today for Yoko Ono the widow of John Lennon.

Ono celebrated the big 8-0 a day early, performing Sunday at the legendary Volksbühne in Berlin. On stage at the theater, she was accompanied by son Sean Ono Lennon, who led the Plastic Ono Band during the performance. Guest collaborators included Peaches, Michael Stipe, Robyn Hitchcock and Rufus Wainwright and Martha Wainwright, who treated Ono to renditions of Happy Birthday in English and German.

Ono, an artist, had more than a birthday to celebrate. On Friday, her retrospective exhibit, Half-a-wind, opened at the Schirn Kuntshalle in Frankfurt.

And the woman who once had been criticized widely for playing a major role in the breakup of The Beatles is showing no signs of slowing down. Her retrospective is set to tour across Europe through 2014. There are plans for the reissue of Ono's albums from 1968-1985 and an art book, Infinite Universe At Dawn, showcasing six decades of her work.

Lennon would be 72 if he had lived to celebrate his wife's birthday. He died in December 1978 after being shot outside his New York residence.

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