Many celebrations of John Lennon's 73rd birthday will take place around the world Oct. 9, but the annual birthday celebration at the Hollywood Walk of Fame will have a special meaning after workmen Monday removed graffiti put on the star over the weekend. Organizer Jerry Rubin said Oct. 7 it would make the celebration extra special.
“The special annual public John Lennon Birthday Celebration will take place as enthusiastically as ever!,” he said. "Fans of John Lennon and the Beatles will be gathering at John's Hollywood Walk of Fame star on what would have been his 73rd birthday. We will all be celebrating John's life, music and hope for world peace. We will be sharing birthday cake and music and will be placing peace candles and flowers around John's star. We will have an open mic for fans of all ages to share their thoughts, sentiments, poetry and music. 'Breakfast With the Beatles' radio host Chris Carter will cut the cake as we all sing Happy Birthday to John and Sean."
The event begins at 6 p.m. PT at the star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located next to the Capitol Records tower on Vine Street in Hollywood.
But that's not the only event happening. Yoko Ono will relight the Imagine Peace Tower on Oct. 9. Live coverage will be available at the tower's website at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT/8 p.m. Iceland/5 a.m. Tokyo and 9 p.m. UK time. There will be free shuttle service in Iceland to the ceremony. And if you're not in Iceland, you can tweet peace wishes to Tweet your wishes to @IPTower.
The Nutopians, who do some wonderful versions of both John Lennon and Beatle songs, will perform in concert at the Cutting Room in New York City. (The venue is also featuring John Sinclair -- “It ain't fair, John Sinclair” -- Oct. 10.)
Tim Piper will give a special performance of his “Just Imagine” John Lennon tribute show at 8 p.m. Oct. 9 at the Hayworth Theatre in Los Angeles. Anyone born on Oct. 9 (I.D. required) will be admitted free. “John Lennon” will also serenade birthday guests with a special rendition of “Happy Birthday.”
Marcus Cahill will perform his “Imagine the Tribute” show Wednesday night at Granada Theatre in Sherbrooke Canada. Cahill also told Beatles Examiner he will be interviewed Wednesday morning on Global Montreal morning news.
The 34th annual John Lennon Birthday Party will be held at Enoch's Irish Pub & Café in Monroe, Louisiana at 7 p.m. Oct. 9. This celebration, which began in 1979 - the year before Lennon was murdered, has twice been recognized by Yoko Ono with her appreciation. Live music for the night will be provided by recording artist, Kenny Bill Stinson, an honoree into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. Also performing will be local musician Dennis Goodwin. Birthday cake and an Irish toast will provided by Honorary Hostess Jude Southerland Kessler, author of the nine-volume John Lennon Series. Kessler and Doyle Jeter, Enoch's owner, are encouraging other Lennon birthday celebrations across the U.S. to write to Jude at email@example.com to establish FaceTime feeds at 9:09 p.m. when all celebrants across the country will join together to sing "Happy Birthday" to John via ‘FaceTime’ at 9:09 p.m.
James D. Jones is hosting "The Enhanced Lennon Listening Experience Birthday Party Tribute," an eight hour podcast on the life and music of John Lennon. The download link for the show will be available on Oct. 9 at the link above.
The latest Rock 'n' Roll Fantasy Camp, currently at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, has a Beatles flavor and features Laurence Juber, May Pang, Denny Seiwell and Denny Laine.
In Liverpool, tours are offered of John Lennon's childhood home at Mendips.
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