The years have passed so quickly
Today marks 25 years since John Lennon was killed outside his New York apartment building by a deranged sicko Mark Chapman on December 8, 1980. I wanted to post some news from NME.com about a live tribute and covers project that will take place in the Abbey Road Studios in London, which you can listen to online. Awesome lineup:
SONG LIST / LIVE PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
From Abbey Road, London:
Jamie Cullum - Jealous Guy
The Delays - Give Peace A Chance, Beautiful Boy (Darling Boy)
Katie Melua - Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Cry Baby Cry
Paul Weller - Love
Badly Drawn Boy - Happy Xmas, Look At Me
Lulu - Money, Rock N Roll Music
Gomez - Hey Bulldog, Instant Karma
Stereo MCs - Walrus, Tomorrow Never Knows
Sugababes - Come Together
Stephen Fretwell - Help!, And Your Bird Can Sing
Trashcan Sinatras - Woman, Free As A Bird
From SIRIUS, New York:
Dave Matthews - Watching the Wheels, Good Morning, Good Morning
Dr. John - Revolution
Daryl Hall - Julia, All You Need is Love
Teddy Thompson - You've Got to Hide Your Love Away, I'm Only Sleeping
Joseph Arthur - Imagine, Across the Universe
You should be able to listen to the Lennon Tribute today here, through the BBC Radio 2 streaming audio Thursday, December 8, from 2 pm ET to 6 pm ET (on SIRIUS Satellite Radio channel 18, The Spectrum and BBC Radio 2).
It seems that we will also be able to download some new Lennon cover tracks from the Amnesty International site for $0.99 each.
The San Jose Mercury News also featured a nice tribute piece here. Well written and insightful, plus it quotes a friend of mine, so it is worth a read. Rolling Stone also has a good story on Lennon, which I found interesting reading for the way it set the scene and filled in details of his life and the night he died which I didn't know.
TODAY'S MUSIC DOWNLOAD
I Know (demo version), John Lennon
This song was released on Lennon's 1973 album "Mind Games," but I much prefer this earlier stripped down demo version. I think it is a gorgeous song, simple perfection. Enjoy.