John Lennon’s 80th Birthday To Feature 10cc, Peter Gabriel, Styx And More
John Lennon live in 1969 - Rondonian / Youtube
The second annual Dear John concert will be held in honor of what would’ve been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, streaming on Youtube on Friday, October 9th, at 3:00 p.m. ET from London’s Hard Rock Hotel.
The said event is organized by Blurred Vision frontman Sep Osley and will feature performances and tributes to the late Beatles member and solo musician. Participating acts and artists include Peter Gabriel, KT Tunstall, Larkin Poe, Richard Curtis CBE, Maxi Jazz of Faithless, Lindsay Ell, PP Arnold, Andy Fairweather Low, John Ilsley of Dire Straits, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Lawrence Gowan of Styx, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, Blurred Vision, Mollie Marriott, and Laura Jean Anderson, among others.
Proceeds from the Dear John concert will go to War Child U.K., an organization that aims to help impoverished families across war-torn places around the world.
In a statement, Osley said: “There is a great necessity for this incredible charity. They fight for those who have the smallest voice but the greatest of importance. They are here to let these children know that they are not forgotten. Having been born in Iran in the mid-Eighties into a time of war and uncertainty, I could have been the poster child of War Child then. I am grateful to be able to do my little bit for this charity now as an adult and an artist.”
“My dream and hope is that you will join us in this celebration for John and the fundraiser for War Child U.K.,” he added. “With all we have faced in the world throughout these distressing times, it is we as a global community, who as always in the past, can bridge the gaps that divide our world and shine a light on the darkest corners of our planet. No doubt, as the great man would wish for us to do.”