John Lennon 70th tribute concert to be held in NY

Tue Sep 14, 2010 12:51pm EDT
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NEW YORK (Reuters) - Celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of John Lennon's birth will include a benefit concert in New York, organizers said on Tuesday.

Among the musicians slated to pay tribute to the former Beatle at the November 12 concert at New York's Beacon Theater are Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann and Shelby Lynne.

The concert is one of several events and parties being held in New York and around the world to honor what would have been Lennon's 70th birthday on October 9.

Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, is expected to mark the anniversary day in Iceland, where she will light the Imagine Peace Tower memorial located on the island of Vioey, near the Reykjavik.

Ono's "We Are Plastic Ono Band" has also planned tribute shows expected to feature guests Lady Gaga and Iggy Pop in Los Angeles on October 1 and 2, while on October 5 she will help release eight reissued solo albums plus new collections called the "John Lennon Signature Box."

This year Lennon has been depicted in the biopic "Nowhere Boy," by video artist Sam Taylor-Wood and is the subject of a new documentary "LennonNYC" using rarely seen footage of the music legend. He was gunned down outside his New York City apartment on December 8th, 1980.

Proceeds from the concert will be donated to the Playing for Change Foundation, a charity which promotes peace through music and builds music schools in the developing world.

<p>A pair of sunglasses worn by John Lennon can be seen with a photo of the famous singer as part of the "Icons of Music" collection of music memorabilia, auctioned off for the "Music Rising" benefit for Gulf Coast musicians, in New York April 16, 2007. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson</p>