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John Lennon peace rally at Lincoln Memorial on Thursday

Thousands to Give Peace A Chance on Thursday, September 2
Peace rally planned in honor of John Lennon in front of the Lincoln Memorial
"Everybody's talkin' bout beckism, this'ism, that'ism"

Washington, D.C. (August 31, 2010) Following Glen Beck's "Restoring Honor" rally on Saturday, organizers of Abbey Road on the River, the world's largest Beatles tribute festival, today announced plans to host "Give Peace a Chance" on Thursday, September 2, 2010 at 11:11pm. The moonlit sing-a-long of John Lennon's 1969 single will honor the legendary musician in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the steps of the Reflecting Pool. The 5-day festival opens at The Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center in National Harbor, MD earlier in the day at 4:00pm.

"Most of us can't make Yoko Ono's peace-promoting events celebrating Lennon's 70th birthday in Iceland and Liverpool beginning October 9, so we're hoping that thousands of like-minded people can come together to sing, dance and promote world peace during our 'Give Peace a Chance' rally," says event producer Gary Jacob. "We're asking people to bring their friends, families, guitars, keyboards, violins, etc. All we are saying is give peace a chance."

Lennon sang the song several times during his Bed-In honeymoon, and on June 1, 1969, in Room 1742 at the Queen Elizabeth Hotel in Montreal, and now thousands in the nation's capital will get to do the same. This gathering will have the same peaceful intention as when it was sung by half a million demonstrators in Washington, D.C. at the Vietnam Moratorium Day on October 15, 1969 and the song quickly became the anthem of the anti-war movement.

About Abbey Road on the River

The world's largest Beatles tribute festival, Abbey Road on the River, will bring five days of peace, love and rock-n-roll to National Harbor, Maryland, September 2-6, 2010. The Labor Day Weekend music festival will draw thousands of Beatles' fans to the stunning Gaylord National Resort, which will be home base for festival bands and attendees, hosting five indoor and outdoor stages, seminars, and a Beatles merchandise market place.

Festival highlights include a "tell all" presentation from original Beatles drummer Pete Best, a presentation from Gretsch Guitar owner Fred Gretsch, III, illustrations from famed Beatles cartoon animator Ron Campbell, on-site podcasts of the popular Fab Fourum talk show, and a huge selection of Beatles' art and collectibles. In addition, on Saturday, September 4th Hal Bruce and his band, The Hard Dazed Knights, will perform all 214 Beatles songs as one continuous medley with no breaks or intermission.

Festival attendees will hear more than 50 concerts daily from Beatles tribute bands, from Mop Tops to Sgt. Peppers, representing countries from around the world including Italy, England, Germany, Scotland, Canada, and the United States. Fans will hear the entire discography of The Beatles from 1963's "Please Please Me" through John, Paul, George and Ringo's final album together "Abbey Road" (1970). For guests who love the music they made as solo artists, the event will feature special concerts dedicated to their careers after they became famous. It all "comes together" on the banks of the Potomac River, giving the attendees the ultimate Fab Four Weekend.

Tickets purchased in advance include free admission for one 21 and under guest with each regular ticket holder. Visit www.abbeyroadontheriver.com to purchase general admission, VIP or ticket packages, make reservations, and get more information.

Abbey Road on the River is sponsored by ABC7/WJLA-TV, TBD TV, www.TBD.com, WBIG-FM/BIG 100.3, The Washington Examiner, Gaylord National Resort, Washington Life Magazine, Harley- Davidson, Washington City Paper, Gretsch Guitar, The Fab Forum, Magic Hat #9 Brewing Company, Hard Days' Night Hotel Liverpool, and Hard Days' Night Shop Liverpool.


Published August 31, 2010



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