The Beatles were one of the most popular bands of all time throughout the ’60s and ’70s. Even after their split the fab four were some of the most famous celebrities on the planet. Unfortunately, John Lennon was murdered in 1970 by Mark David Chapman, bringing his journey as a musician and an artist to an end.
50 years after his death, Lennon would have been turning 80 years old.
Next month, October, will see his birthday, and to commemorate the star’s life a free streamed John Lennon tribute concert is being held.
The concert is going to be packed full of artists who have in some way been influenced by the singer over the years.
Included in the line up is KT Tunstall, John Illsley of Dire Straits, Richard Curtis, Laura Jean Anderson, Blurred Vision and many more.
Streamed live from the Hard Rock Hotel in London, the concert will be collecting donations in aid of War Child UK.
Titled “Dear John,” this will be the second annual John Lennon tribute concert in aid of War Child UK.
It will be taking place on October 9, and will go live online at 8pm BST on YouTube.
The touching concert is being put together by Blurred Vision frontman Sepp Olsey.
Lennon will surely be remembered in a fond light throughout the concert, and will no doubt raise a lot of money over the course of the performances.
The concert will be streamed out for free, but fans are being encouraged to donate what they can to the good cause.
John Lennon famously left the band in 1970 after a number of spats with members of his band, and indeed the management behind him.
Speaking to Jann Wenner in 1970, Lennon explained what happened when he announced the end of his tenure in the band.
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“When I got back [from Toronto],” Lennon said. “There were a few meetings and Allen said: ‘Cool it’.
“‘Cause there was a lot to do [with The Beatles] business-wise, and it wouldn’t have been suitable at the time.”
He continued by adding: “Then we were discussing something in the office with Paul, and Paul was saying to do something.
“And I kept saying: ‘No, no, no’ to everything he said.”
He said: “So it came to a point that I had to say something.”
Going on tell Paul exactly what was going on, he said: “So I said: ‘The group’s over, I’m leaving.’
“Allen [Klein] was there, and he was saying: ‘Don’t tell.’
“He didn’t want me to tell Paul even. But I couldn’t help it, I couldn’t stop it, it came out.”
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