Folk-rock legend Donovan will become the third recipient of the John Lennon Real Love Award at the 36th annual John Lennon Tribute Concert to be held on Dec. 2 at Symphony Space in New York City, the event's non-profit sponsor Theatre Within announced. Tickets go on sale at 1 p.m. ET Sept. 23 on the event's website. Donovan, who accompanied the Beatles on a trip to India in 1968 and composed songs there, will perform a set of Beatles songs and his own at the concert and dedicate them to Lennon.
“Donovan’s body of work speaks for itself. It’s seminal and beloved by fans and fellow artists,” Joe Raiola, executive producer and artistic director of Theatre Within’s Annual John Lennon Tribute, told Billboard. “He was also with the Beatles during a pivotal time -- not just for the group but for Western culture. The Beatles helped bring yoga and meditation to America and Donovan was part of that. Ever since, he has been a vocal advocate of seeking peace within and for years has championed the David Lynch Foundation, which promotes Transcendental Meditation around the world. These are true Lennon values, so it is Theatre Within’s privilege to honor Donovan with this award in John Lennon’s name.” Raiola, senior editor at MAD Magazine, was co-creator of the tribute with Alec Rubin in 1981.