On Music: Liam Neeson and the Day the Music Died

by Armando Gallo September 14, 2017
Liam Neeson

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Irish star Liam Neeson is back on the screen in Mark Felt: The Man Who Brought Down The White House about the informant known as “Deep Throat” who spilled the beans to the Washington Post, causing the fall of Richard Nixon.

Surprisingly, Neeson was adamant in telling us that music doesn’t affect his acting talent. “How come?”, we asked.

“I have to say there’s a part of me that died when John Lennon was shot, with regards to listening to popular music. I just could not get over it. And it’s funny when he was shot December 8th, 1980 I was on stage with Stephen Rea. We were doing this Brain Freeland play, and we were touring Ireland with it. And I remember we were playing a week in Dublin and I was sharing a dressing room with Stephen. At the interval, Stephen came back in before we went on stage and his face was white. And he said somebody shot John Lennon. And it was like he took it as a personal…like he had lost his brother. I’ll never forget it. Anyway, I’m rambling now. But I don’t. I listen to classical music and U2 of course, I’m a big supporter of but (music) doesn’t inspire me that way, and that’s my loss.”