Musical legends such as Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Willie Nelson and Steven Tyler will come together at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on December 5 for Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert. Today, concert organizers have announced additional performers, the host and the house band.
Legendary rocker John Fogerty and indie rockers Spoon have been added to the all-star lineup for Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert. The concert will features special video appearances by surviving Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney. Actor Kevin Bacon has been tapped as host. Also announced today is the all-star house band featuring: Greg Phillinganes (Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton) on keyboards, drummer Kenny Aronoff (John Mellencamp), bassist Lee Sklar (James Taylor), Felicia Collins and Sid McGinnis (Paul Shaffer CBS Orchestra) on guitars, along with keyboardist Boh Cooper, percussionist Taku Hirano, and backing vocalists Jory Steinberg and Trya Juliette.
Other performers set to play the event are Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers (The Killers), JUANES, Pat Monahan (Train), Tom Morello (Rage Against the Machine), The Roots and Chris Stapleton.
The concert will be taped to air exclusively on AMC on Saturday, December 19 at 9 p.m. ET. “It’s beautiful to see so many wonderful and talented musicians come together for this special show to celebrate John’s birthday,” said Yoko Ono. “John’s art continues to give hope, light and happiness to generations of people everywhere. His belief that each of us can change the world continues to inspire the human race to believe in themselves, and his influence is everlasting in everyone’s hearts as we all share in the possibilities and power of music.”
A block of $99 tickets have been released and are available via Ticketmaster. A portion of proceeds from the concert will be donated to Robin Hood. Robin Hood, New York’s largest poverty-fighting organization, creates and funds over 200 of the most effective programs, to help 1.8 million New Yorkers learn and earn their way out of poverty.