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Friday, October 16, 2020
Noel Gallagher working on John Lennon tribute with Sean Lennon

Oasis' Noel Gallagher has made his love for The Beatles and John Lennon well known over the years. Now, Gallagher is reportedly back in the studio, working on a new song for a John Lennon tribute album. The tribute is being put together by his son, Sean Lennon, in celebration of what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday.

Source: Radio.com
John Lennon's life and legacy explored on upcoming 20/20

It's been almost 40 years since John Lennon was fatally shot outside his West 72nd Street home at the age of 40. ABC News' esteemed 20/20 will open its 43rd season tonight with a look at the life and legacy of the former Beatle. In addition to the archival footage, the two-hour program will feature the last interview Lennon did the day he died.

Source: Den of Geek
Video: Sean Lennon lights Empire State Building blue for John Lennon at 80

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in sky blue last week to celebrate John Lennon's life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday. Sean Lennon was given the honors to flip the switch and light up the iconic building. Sean shares a birthday with his father, he turned 45 on October 9.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 9, 2020
Beatles and Yoko Ono remember John Lennon

Paul McCartney has marked what would have been the 80th birthday of his late Beatles band mate John Lennon by sharing a black and white photograph of the pair together. Paul wrote, "I love this picture, it reminds me of the bond between us. Happy 80th John. Love Paul". Ringo Starr also remembered Lennon on Instagram.

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
Video: Sean Lennon covers John for his 80th Birthday on Colbert

Sean Lennon marked what would've been his father John Lennon's 80th birthday with a cover of "Isolation" for The Late Show's #PlayAtHome music series. The younger Lennon's rendition was fittingly faithful to the the original, with Lennon playing guitar and singing in front of a red wall, with just drums and bass accompanying him.

Source: Rolling Stone
John Lennon's mother joined in as Beatles rehearsed in their kitchen

John Lennon's sister, Julia Baird, who continues to live in Liverpool, appeared on TV in the UK today to mark what would have been the music legend's 80th birthday, and revealed their mother would rehearse with the Beatles as teens in the kitchen. She also said their mother, who was also called Julia, always "encouraged" the singer's dreams.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Empire State Building shines blue to honor John Lennon at 80

The Empire State Building shined its world-famous tower lights in sky blue with a white peace sign rotating in the mast last night to celebrate John Lennon's life and legacy ahead of what would have been his 80th birthday today. Sean Ono Lennon was on hand to flip the switch and light up the iconic building in honor of his father.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Friday, October 2, 2020
Yoko Ono sues Fred Seaman again

Yoko Ono is suing the former personal assistant of John Lennon again, claiming that he has once again tried to profit from her family, despite him previously agreeing not to give any interviews about working for Lennon, after Seaman gave a sit-down interview on Sept. 10 where he discussed Lennon's life, surrounded by John Lennon memorabilia.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Manhattan penthouse where John Lennon spent Lost Weekend for sale

The Manhattan penthouse where John Lennon lived for 18 months in what he referred to as his "Lost Weekend" has hit the market for $5.5 million. Lennon shared the home on East 52nd Street in New York City with May Pang before going back to Yoko Ono in 1975. From the terrace of this apartment, the pair reported seeing a UFO.

Source: The Sacramento Bee
Paul McCartney happy he reunited with John Lennon before his death

Speaking to John and Yoko Ono's son Sean for Radio 2's John Lennon at 80 event, Paul McCartney said he was "so happy" he had the chance to reconnect with John Lennon before his death, and admitted, "It really, really would have been a heartache to me if we hadn't have reunited. It was so lovely too that we did."

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, September 25, 2020
40th Annual Lennon tribute goes online

Like many other events, an annual John Lennon tribute concert that takes place in his adopted city of New York on his Oct. 9 birthday has been forced online because of the coronavirus pandemic. There was no way it was being canceled, not on what would have been Lennon's 80th birthday, not on the tribute's 40th year.

Source: NBC29, Charlottesville
John Lennon glasses up for auction again

An early pair of John Lennon's famous round glasses is now up for auction. Lennon adopted round Windsor eyeglasses in in public in 1966, wearing them first whilst playing Private Gripweed in Richard Lester's film How I Won The War. This pair of Windsor glasses predate the film so may well be the first pair of the glasses that he ever owned.

Source: Sothebys
Wednesday, September 23, 2020
Paul McCartney to share never-before-heard Beatles song

Paul McCartney is set to treat Beatles fans next month when he plays a segment of an unheard track by his former band. The release will be tied in with what would have been John Lennon's 80th birthday. The song, called Just Fun, will be played as part of a special radio series airing on the BBC next month.

Source: The Daily Star, UK
John Lennon 80th birthday livestream to feature Peter Gabriel and 10cc

The second annual Dear John concert will stream live on Friday, October 9th, at 3:00 p.m. ET from London's Hard Rock Hotel on YouTube. The virtual show will feature performances from Peter Gabriel, John Ilsley of Dire Straits, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Lawrence Gowan of Styx, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, and more.

Source: Rolling Stone
Paul McCartney speaks about the first time he met John Lennon

Paul McCartney has spoken about the first time he met John Lennon and reveals how he reflects on the moment "like a fan" and "how lucky" he was to meet him, and revealed how the the pair "complemented each other". McCartney spoke to Sean Ono Lennon for a two-part documentary on BBC Radio 2, to mark John Lennon At 80.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, September 18, 2020
Fans notice Ringo made big mistake about John Lennon on social media

Ringo Starr posted a confusing tweet on his Twitter account recently. Attached to a picture of John Lennon, Starr celebrated Lennon's birthday. With his post coming on September 9, many fans pointed out Starr's mistake that the great legend's birthday is actually on October 9 and that Starr was a month early.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Tuesday, September 15, 2020
The only Beatles covers that John Lennon actually liked

John Lennon was a famously harsh critic, but on a few occasions, Lennon did surprisingly give cover versions of Beatles songs his seal of approval. Lennon said, "Well, Ray Charles' version of Yesterday, that's beautiful," he said, before adding, "And Eleanor Rigby is a groove. I just dig the strings on that."

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Wednesday, September 9, 2020
New book reveals untold stories of women who shaped John Lennon

John Lennon was the chippy, clever, quick-witted Beatle, a snarl of contradictions. More than any other artist, he has come to be regarded as the symbol and the conscience of his age. But who, or what, was the real John Lennon? For all the fierce, influential, indomitable men in John's life, it was the women who dominated it.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Friday, August 28, 2020
Elton John and John Lennon at MSG in 1974: Behind-the-Scenes

In 1974, just one month into his role as the New York radio promotion rep for MCA Records, aspiring stand-up comedian Ray D'Ariano was alone backstage at Madison Square Garden with two of the biggest music stars in the world: Elton John and John Lennon. "No one knew that Lennon was going to be joining Elton on stage that night," D'Ariano explained.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, August 26, 2020
John Lennon's killer denied parole for the 11th time

John Lennon's killer has been denied parole for the 11th time. He has been in prison since 1980 for murdering Lennon outside The Dakota on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Details of Wednesday's hearing have not yet emerged, aside from the fact he was turned down for release. Yoko Ono previously argued against his release.

Fan Content Warning  Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Liverpool songwriter chosen to write international song for kindness

A new John Lennon-inspired song written by the leader of the house band of Liverpool's Cavern Club has been chosen as the anthem in the Covid-era to lead the call for peace. Jimmy Coburn's song Together As 1 has been hailed as "a new Imagine aimed at bringing unity and raising spirits in these new days of darkness".

Source: The Guide, Liverpool
John Lennon best-of set due for 80th birthday

A new collection of John Lennon's solo work arrives on October 9, the day in which he would have turned 80. Remixed from the master tapes, it was produced by Sean Ono Lennon and executive produced by Yoko Ono, and was mixed and engineered by Paul Hicks, who also helmed the mixes for 2018's Imagine The Ultimate Collection series.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Yoko Ono told Liam Gallagher naming his son Lennon was silly

Liam Gallagher is a bonafide Beatlemaniac. In 1999, Gallagher recalled, "Yoko said, I've heard you've called your son Lennon. I said, Yeah, she said, Why? Do you not think it's a bit of a silly name?" Never one to miss an opportunity to be blunt and a little obnoxious, LG replied, "And I said, No, it's a bit silly being called Yoko, isn't it?"

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK
Friday, August 21, 2020
Yoko Ono prepares to release a new John Lennon memoir

Yoko Ono has announced a new memoir she has been working on, "John & Yoko/Plastic Ono Band", is available to preorder now. The book, named after Lennon's debut solo album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band, released on 11 December 1970, will be an in-depth and revelatory exploration of John Lennon's personal work.

Source: Metalhead Zone
Monday, August 17, 2020
Letter from Francis Ford Coppola to John Lennon about Apocalypse Now

Back in March 1977, American film director, producer and screenwriter Francis Coppola wrote to one of the biggest musical artists in the world proposing that the pair work together on a film. He proposed the idea to John Lennon about contributing to the score of Apocalypse Now, but alas, it was not to be.

Source: Far Out Magazine, UK

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