Beatle fans around the world remembered John Lennon on Oct. 9, which would have been his 73rd birthday. In Iceland, Yoko Ono lit the Imagine Peace Tower. She also posted a birthday greeting for both John and son Sean, whose birthday is also Oct. 9. It read, “Happy birthday John & Sean! We shall smile when we stop all wars. I love you. Yoko.”
In Los Angeles, fans came together on a drizzly night at the John Lennon star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame as they do annually. (See photos in the slideshow.) This year, however, things were different. Lennon's star had been vandalized over the weekend. But thankfully, Capitol Records, then the Hollywood Historical Trust got the star cleaned up in time for Wednesday's ceremony. About 73 John Lennon fans showed up Wednesday night to pay tribute to Lennon. Speaking at the event was "Breakfast With the Beatles" host Chris Carter, longtime peace activist and event organizer Jerry Rubin, "Instant Karma" journalist Harry Bluebond, and Lennon fans Pat Tyson and Nancy Hutchins.
Fans decorated the star appropriately with peace candles, flowers and photos. A specially decorated birthday cake was placed next to Lennon's star for the candle lighting ceremony and then moved to a serving table as Chris Carter cut the cake while fans sang "Happy Birthday" to John and also John and Yoko's son Sean Lennon, who was also celebrating his birthday Oct. 9 and turned 38.
The event opened with the Beatles song "Birthday" and closed with Lennon's two peace anthems, "Imagine" and "Give Peace a Chance" while fans held hands in a Peace Circle of Unity next to Lennon's star. Fans performed his songs at an open mic and voiced their positive thoughts and remembrances.
LEWISOHN "AUTHOR'S CUT" ON SALE: We noticed the larger extended 1,728 page "author's cut" of Mark Lewisohn's "Tune In," only available in the UK currently, is on sale right now for 38 percent off the list price at Amazon.co.uk. The price is £74.40 ($118.52), down from the usual of £120.00 ($191.24), a savings of $72.72. If you've ordered it already, there's no need to reorder as you'll get the lower price.
LENNON TRIBUTE ANNOUNCES LINEUP: Theatre Within, the grassroots non-profit behind the annual celebration of John Lennon in New York City, announced the line-up Oct. 9 for the 33rd Annual John Lennon Tribute on at 8 p.m. Dec. 6 at Symphony Space. It will feature three-time Grammy winner Steve Earle, Raul Malo of the Mavericks, Marc Cohn, Teddy Thompson, Dana Fuchs ("Sexy Sadie" in the film “Across The Universe”), Joan Osborne, Bettye LaVette, Toshi Reagon, Rich Pagano of the Fab Faux and MAD Magazine Senior Editor Joe Raiola, who'll make his 33rd consecutive appearance. The tribute, which has Yoko Ono's blessing, will donate charity proceeds to Lennon-Ono's the Spirit Foundation. Tickets are on sale and available online at LennonTribute.org or by telephone at 212-864-5400 and at the Symphony Space Box Office.
SID BERNSTEIN PETITION: A petition to help convince the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame to induct Sid Bernstein has been posted online. A Facebook page has also been created. Part of the text there reads, “Sid Bernstein, one of the most visionary and influential individuals in American music deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over the course of his career, Sid changed the course of music history.”
BAND ON THE RUN 40th: Denny Laine will headine a 40th anniversary performance of “Band on the Run” Nov. 10 at the Iridium in New York City and Nov. 13 at the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord, N.H. In addition to a complete performance of “Band on the Run,” the show will include other Wings hits such as "Live and Let Die", and "Time to Hide" as well as Denny's lead vocal on the Moody Blues classic "Go Now."
RUN TOGETHER: Patti Murawski sent us a very Beatle-influenced ad that ran in a local paper Oct. 9 for the ING Hartford Marathon, which takes place Oct. 12. We can't reprint it, but the ad says “Come Together Right Now” and features four people running across a zebra crossing against a “Yellow Submarine” type psychedelic background.
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