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BY ED CHRISTMAN
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Events Set To Honor Lennon
BY BILLBOARD STAFF
Just as the songs of John Lennon won the hearts of fans worldwide during his lifetime, an array of events and projects are marking the 70th anniversary of Lennon's birthday on Oct. 9.
• Yoko Ono is due to headline "We Are Plastic Ono Band" tribute shows Oct. 1-2 at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles on a bill with Lady Gaga, Iggy Pop, the RZA, Perry Farrell, Sonic Youth's Kim Gordon and Thurston Moore, and others.
• On Oct. 3, Ono will discuss Lennon's life and legacy in a program at the Clive Davis Theater at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles. The event will open the museum's exhibit "John Lennon, Songwriter," focusing on his roots, influences and his songwriting work, both with the Beatles and as a solo artist.
• On Oct. 9, Ono will be in Iceland to present the biannual Lennon Ono Grant for Peace Award to "Gasland" director Josh Fox, nature/culture writer Michael Pollan, author/human rights activist Alice Walker and human rights/safety activist Barbara Kowalcyk. She'll attend the annual lighting of the Peace Tower and perform with Sean Ono Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band in Reykjavik.
• On Oct. 9, Lennon's hometown of Liverpool will host his older son, Julian Lennon, and his first wife, Cynthia Lennon, at the unveiling of an 18-foot-high monument titled Peace and Harmony in the city center. The work was commissioned by Global Peace Initiative, an arts organization based in the United States.
• On Nov. 2, Hard Rock Cafe International will present "Imagine There's No Hunger: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon," a concert at the Hard Rock Cafe Hollywood to benefit the Grammy Museum and WHY Hunger, which fights hunger and poverty worldwide.
• An all-star tribute concert to honor Lennon is planned for Nov. 12 at the Beacon Theater in New York to benefit the Playing for Change Foundation, with a lineup that will include Jackson Browne, Patti Smith, Cyndi Lauper, Aimee Mann, Shelby Lynne, and others.
• PBS on Nov. 22 will debut a new American Masters documentary, "LENNONYC," from WNET.org, that focuses on Lennon's life with Ono and their son, Sean, in New York in the '70s. The film premiered at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 25 and was promoted with a new PBS podcast series.
• The Montblanc John Lennon Edition Writing Instrument, a series of three luxury pens to honor the artist's creativity and style, was unveiled Sept 12 in New York, Tokyo, Hong Kong, Mexico City and Berlin. Proceeds from sales will benefit cultural and educational groups. At the New York event, filmmaker Sam Taylor-Wood presented "Nowhere Boy," his film about Lennon's early years.
• The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus will be present at the Plastic Ono Band concerts and Grammy Museum events in Los Angeles. The bus offers workshops to students on state-of-the-art audio and video equipment. It began as an offshoot of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest. (In August, the tour bus created a scholarship with the SAE Institute in Nashville named for SAE student Dan Brown, who died in Nashville's spring floods.)
• Liverpool's Echo Arena will host a tribute concert, "Lennon Remembered," on Dec. 9 to benefit three charities: the Alder Hey "Imagine" Appeal, local radio station Radio City's Cash for Kids promotion and the Mathew Street Festival. The lineup for the concert hasn't yet been announced.