According to a number of reports, the second annual Dear John concert, in honor of what would have been John Lennon’s 80th birthday, will stream live on Friday, October 9th, at 3:00 p.m. ET from London’s Hard Rock Hotel on YouTube.
The organizer of the event is Sepp Osley, frontman of Blurred Vision and this virtual show will feature both performances and tributes to John Lennon. Among the numerous participants are Peter Gabriel, KT Tunstall, Larkin Poe, Richard Curtis CBE, Maxi Jazz of Faithless, Lindsay Ell, PP Arnold, Andy Fairweather Low, John Ilsley of Dire Straits, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Lawrence Gowan of Styx, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, Blurred Vision, Mollie Marriott, Laura Jean Anderson, and others.
War Child U.K., an organization that seeks to assist impoverished families across the world’s war zones will be the beneficiary of all proceeds from this event. In his statement, Oasly said this about his goal: “There is a great necessity for this incredible charity. They fight for those who have the smallest voice but the greatest of importance. They are here to let these children know that they are not forgotten. Having been born in Iran in the mid-Eighties into a time of war and uncertainty, I could have been the poster child of War Child then. I am grateful to be able to do my little bit for this charity now as an adult and an artist.”
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