December 6, 2011
Roadie Henry Smith Talks About The John Lennon Tour That Might Have Been
Here in part 2, he recollects about the John Lennon tour he was supposed to lead.
Henry Smith was in Auckland, New Zealand on December 8, 1980, serving as road manager for Roberta Flack on her latest European tour and, of equal importance, mentally preparing himself for what was coming when the Flack tour ended. His preparations for that night’s show were interrupted by a phone call.“It was Roberta,” recalls Smith during a recent conversation with Back Page Magazine. “She told me that John Lennon had just been killed.”Smith, who has worked for the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Yardbirds and Aerosmith over the years as both a roadie and road manager, relates that the immediate response to the call was both sadness and concern.“The people at The Dakota (where Lennon was living at the time) had called Roberta. They didn’t know if John’s murder had been a part of a conspiracy or what and, since she had lived at The Dakota, they wanted to make sure that Roberta was going to be alright.”Smith’s reaction to the news was two-fold. Like everyone else, there was unparalleled sadness. But, unlike others, there was also an element of self interest at the news.http://www.backpagemagazine.com/2011/12/06/roadie-henry-smith-talks-about-the-john-lennon-tour-that-might-have-been/#comment-253