“Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” will be taped Saturday, Dec. 5, 2015, at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, to be shown, exclusively, on AMC on Dec. 19, 2015, the cable network has announced.
According to the announcement: “This once-in-a-lifetime concert, produced by Blackbird Presents, will bring together fans, friends and music royalty to honor Lennon’s musical legacy. The event will feature performances by: Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers (The Killers), Peter Frampton, JUANES, Kris Kristofferson, Pat Monahan (Train), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton, and Steven Tyler. Additional performers will be announced at a later date.”
There was no word in the announcement as to whether Paul McCartney or Ringo Starr, Lennon’s bandmates in the Beatles, will perform at the show.
The announcement also notes: “A portion of proceeds from the concert will be donated to Robin Hood. Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, creates and funds over 200 of the most effective programs, to help 1.8 million New Yorkers learn and earn their way out of poverty. For more information, please visit www.robinhood.org.”
Said Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono in a statement: “It’s beautiful to see so many wonderful and talented musicians come together for this special show to celebrate John’s birthday. John’s art continues to give hope, light and happiness to generations of people everywhere. His belief that each of us can change the world continues to inspire the human race to believe in themselves, and his influence is everlasting in everyone’s hearts as we all share in the possibilities and power of music.”