Brandon Flowers was among a host of stars who paid tribute to John Lennon in New York over the weekend as part of a 75th-birthday benefit gig for the late Beatle.
The Killers frontman performed a cover of Lennon’s 1970 Plastic Ono Band single ‘Instant Karma! (We All Shine On)’, and was joined by Sheryl Crow and Chris Stapleton for a performance of the Fab Four’s ‘Don’t Let Me Down’ during the show at Madison Square Garden on Saturday (December 5), both of which you can watch below.
The tribute gig, hosted by actor Kevin Bacon, also saw Spoon cover ‘Yellow Submarine’ track ‘Hey Bulldog’, before Flowers and co joined a host of stars including Eric Church, Aloe Blacc, Peter Frampton, Pat Monahan of Train, Willie Nelson and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler came together to perform All You Need Is Love’ for the finale.
John Lennon would have been 75 on October 9 of this year. Ono travelled to the island of Viðey near Reykjavík, Iceland to switch on the Imagine Peace Tower, created by Ono and built in Lennon’s honour in 2007. This year was the ninth consecutive year Ono attended the lighting ceremony.
She paid tribute to Lennon in a public message at the time, writing: “Every year so many people celebrate John’s life in different and very special ways. I’m always so proud that John’s legacy just grows and grows and resonates with new generations all around the world. It always chokes me up to see his message still out there. Music helps create a global village and John’s music is very much woven into our lives and will continue to be so forever. He wanted a better planet and together we tried to make it so. The message he was promoting was clear and direct and is as needed today as it was then. All we are saying is give peace a chance! I love you John.”
The tower is darkened every year on December 8, the day Lennon was killed 35 years ago in New York City.
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