Monday, 12 July 2021


One night in 1970s New York City, John Lennon swore he saw a UFO. John insisted he saw it and was so concerned, he had a friend contact the police to investigate.

John never backed down from his assertion of what he had seen in the dark Manhattan sky.
It was a creative time for John. By 1974, Lennon and Pang returned to New York City to a penthouse on the East side. It was there that John witnessed a UFO in the sky.

Speaking in 2020 with New York City radio personality Ken Dashow of Q104.3, Pang recounted the sighting and stood by John’s version of events. She recalled that he at the time had been working on Walls and Bridges and that “this particular night, we had just come back from the studio. We had just finished listening to all the mixes of [the album].”

The couple had decided, she said, to go out for pizza. “I’m in the other room getting dressed, so he’s standing out on the balcony, it’s a beautiful summer’s night, it’s Friday. This block where we lived are some high-falutin’ people, we’re talking about Kissinger, you’re talking up the block was John Mitchell, Greta Garbo. So, John’s standing out there, naked mind you, in the dark. He’s looking downriver.”

Pang described what Lennon told her upon seeing the object: “‘I’m looking downriver, and I see flashing lights. So I’m thinking, ‘Oh yeah, it’s the billboard sign.’ Then it dawns on me, ‘There’s no billboard sign; we’re in a residential area.’ And as he turns, he sees this thing overhead, moving very, very slow, I mean crawling.”

John had a friend call around about the UFO

John, she said, began calling out for her to come to the balcony. When she raced out to see what was happening, “I look at this thing that is so close to us. No sound. I could see the underbelly of this object. You could see white lights around the rim and then one solid red light. You could actually see this whole vessel.

“It just cleared the building next to us; that was it. And there was no noise. John looked at me and said, ‘You’re seeing what I’m seeing.’ And I go, ‘It’s an effing UFO!'”
The pair watched the object for “10, fifteen minutes” move in a “slow crawl down the river.” It even moved sideways, according to Pang. Having forgotten their pizza dinner, Lennon and Pang watched it make its way over the borough of Brooklyn and the Williamsburg Bridge, sit there for “a second,” and then all of a sudden go “straight up.”

John related the event to his friend, photographer Bob Gruen, who called around to newspapers and the police and was told many other residents had called about the flying object.

John noted the experience on the liner notes of his 1974 album Walls and Bridges: “On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o’clock I saw a UFO”

In November 1974  “Andy Warhol’s Interview” featured a curious interview with John Lennon, conducted by Dr. Winston O’Boogie, who, for those in the know, was one of Lennon’s better-known aliases.
In the interview, Lennon took the opportunity to expand on that note:

John:  If you look closely at the wonderful “Walls and Bridges”, out now, album package, you will notice a little notice saying, “I saw a U.F.O. . . ” why don’t you ask me about that?

I was lying naked on my bed, when I had this urge. So I went to the window, just dreaming around in my usual poetic frame of mind, to cut a long short story, there, as I turned my head, hovering over the next building, no more than a hundred feet away was this thing . . . with ordinary electric light bulbs flashing on and off round the bottom, one non blinking red light on top . . . what the Nixon is that! I says to myself (for no one else was there) . . . is it a helicopter? No! It makes no noise . . . ah then, it must be a ballon! (Frantically trying to rationalize it, in all my too human way) but no!! Balloons don’t look like that, nor do they fly so low, yes folks, it was flying (very slow, about 30 m.p.h.,) below . . . . I repeat, below most roof tops (i.e. higher than the ‘old building’ lower than the ‘new’.) all the time it was there, I never took my eyes off it, but I did scream to a friend who was in another room “Come and look at this” etc. etc. My friend came running and bore witness with me. Nobody else was around. We tried to take pictures (shit on my polaroid, it was bust) with a straight camera. We gave the film to Bob Gruen to develop, he brought back a blank film . . . .     said it looked like it had been thru the radar at customs . . . .  well, it stayed around for a bit, then sailed off.

Q:Did you check to see . . . . . . .
John: Yeh, yeh, the next day Bob (is it in focus) Gruen rang the Daily News, Times, police to see if any one else reported any thing. Two other people and or groups of/ said they too saw something . . . . . anyway I know what I saw . . . 


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