John Lennon's 75th Birthday Celebrations
October 9 would have been John Lennon's 75th Birthday. In honour, Yoko Ono will be on hand tomorrow at the East Meadow area of New York City's Central Park to co-host a Guinness World Records attempt at the creation of the largest human peace sign, on the 75th anniversary of John Lennon's birth.
More than 6,000 people are expected to take part in the celebration, and at the same time help spread the "Imagine Peace" message around the world in tribute to the late Beatles legend. At 12:30 p.m. ET, aerial photos of the peace sign will be taken via from the FlyNYON helicopter.
The event, which Ono organized in partnership with the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, also will include surprise musical performances, as well as various family-friendly activities and Lennon-themed commemorative experiences. One of the performances will be by founding Kinks guitarist Dave Davies, who will play a song in homage to Lennon shortly after noon local time.
The Lennon Bus, which is now in its 18th year of touring, is a state-of-the-art mobile recording facility that gives students of all ages the opportunity to learn firsthand about audio and video production.
"New York was a very special place for John, his adopted home and I'm so happy that the John Lennon Bus is there to celebrate his 75th birthday," says Yoko in a statement.
In related news, Ono will be in Reykjavik, Iceland, on Friday, October 9 Lennon's actual birth date for the annual lighting of the Imagine Peace Tower. The memorial a white stone monument that projects a strong light beam into the sky was unveiled on October 9, 2007, and is lit on Lennon's birth date each year, as well as on select other dates