Sometimes the importance of Country music is best highlighted by being put with other genres which accommodate its tone and twang. Adding a bit of a Southern flavor makes the rest of a show, performance, display, etc. “pop” in the audience's mind.
Such is the thought process behind the three-quarter century celebration of John Lennon. The engine behind The Beatles would have been 75 this year. And though the Liverpudlian wasn't a stateside purveyor of twang, he influenced many people who are, and who will pay their respects to honor his memory.
Dubbed “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert,” the concert is presented by those masterminds at AMC who've brought us "The Walking Dead" and "Breaking Bad." The December 19 show will shuffle the veneration of country stars Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton with Peter Frampton, Steven Tyler, The Roots, Tom Morello, and others that are to be announced.
Taking place in the adopted home city of New York, the event will be taped at the iconic venue Madison Square Garden on December 5. Lennon's advocacy for a worldwide attitude toward peace and bettering his fellow man will be the undertaking of the spectacle, as percentage of proceeds will be donated to the Empire State non-profit Robin Hood that assists the poor and “helps fight poverty like a New Yorker,” which is a sentiment that can be appreciated by many.
Blackbird Presents, who is putting the production together, has the following information provided on the event:
“It’s beautiful to see so many wonderful and talented musicians come together for this special show to celebrate John’s birthday,” said Yoko Ono. “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.”
“It would be impossible to quantify the immense impact John Lennon continues to have on modern culture,” said Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents. “His music and lyrics continue to shape the lives of musicians and millions of fans around the world. I can’t think of any better way to celebrate his 75th birthday than to honor his legacy with this extraordinary event. It’s going to be an unforgettable evening.”
Those perplexed by the events inclusion of country music acts need look no further than the 1995 release of Come Together: America Salutes the Beatles which revisited the iconic band's work featuring artists such as Willie Nelson, Kris Kristofferson, Tanya Tucker, Randy Travis, and others.
Tickets are available now and can be found via here.