Today, John Lennon would have turned 74 years old, and in honor of the musician’s birthday, the list of performers to take the stage for the 34th Annual John Lennon charity tribute show were announced.
Headlining the event which will take place in early December, will be Blondie frontwoman, and over all badass, Debbie Harry.
The announcement was made by the Theatre Within in which they revealed Harry would be joined by Kate Pierson of the B-52s, Joan Osbourne, Marshall Crenshaw, and Ben E. King.
“I share Theatre Within’s belief that music and the performing arts have a special power to bring people together and inspire us to make a positive difference. It’s beautiful that the Tribute continues to have such a powerful impact in John’s memory,” Yoko Ono said in a released statement.
Rock photographer Bob Gruen will be honored with the first ever John Lennon Real Love Award. Gruen had a connection to the late Beatle; photographing him during the years he lived in New York.
The event will take place on Dec. 5 at Symphony Space in New York City. Proceeds from the event will donated to Lennon and Ono’s Spirit Foundation. Tickets are currently priced at $65, $85, and $105.
The Beatles are one of the most influential bands to have ever graced the music world, and now director Ron Howard has gotten the rights to produce a documentary about the fab four.
Howard who coincidentally named his production company which he co-founded with Brian Grazer is named “Imagine” after John Lennon’s iconic song.
As of now, the documentary about the Liverpool boys will concentrate on the band’s years of hectic touring around the world which all began at the Cavern Club in their hometown of Liverpool. The film will also chronicle their fame explosion after appearing on The Ed Sullivan show in 1964 and wrap with their show at Candlestick Park in San Francisco in 1966.
“I am excited and honored to be working with Apple and the White Horse Pictures team on this astounding story of these four young men who stormed the world in 1964,” Howard said in a press statement about the upcoming project. “Their impact on popular culture and the human experience cannot be exaggerated.”
The documentary will be produced by Apple Corps and White Horse Pictures, like Howard had confirmed as well as Imagine. At the moment, the production team has the full cooperation of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr, as well as Yoko Ono Lennon and Olivia Harrison.
Howard, though is not a stranger to these kinds of documentaries; this will be his second venture into this kind of storytelling. In 2013, he produced a documentary of Jay-Z’s all-star concert, Made in America which has grown from one event in Philadelphia to two completely different shows; one still in Philly and the other in Los Angeles, making its debut this year.