Lennon, John - On seeing a UFO in 1974
Type of Spiritual Experience
A description of the experience
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By Jeremy Allen
Wednesday 29th March 2017
John Lennon was so convinced he saw a craft of some description that he wrote in the liner notes of 1974 album Walls and Bridges, "On the 23rd Aug. 1974 at 9 o'clock I saw a U.F.O.", signing off with his initials.
The happening was alleged to have taken place during Lennon's notorious 'Lost Weekend', though the singer claimed he was "very straight" at the time. When asked about it by Interview magazine in November that year, he provided a vivid description of what he saw from the window when "just dreaming around in my usual poetic frame of mind".
Lennon said he saw "a thing with ordinary electric light bulbs flashing on and off round the bottom, one non-blinking red light on top" around 100 feet away and hovering over an adjacent building.
His girlfriend at the time, May Pang, concurred, saying: "As I walked out onto the terrace, my eye caught this large, circular object coming towards us. It was shaped like a flattened cone, and on top was a large, brilliant red light, not pulsating as on any of the aircraft we'd see heading for a landing at Newark Airport. When it came a little closer, we could make out a row or circle of white lights that ran around the entire rim of the craft - these were also flashing on and off. There were so many of these lights that it was dazzling to the mind."