Fans celebrate John Lennon’s memory with two-month festival in Liverpool

Fans celebrate John Lennon's memory with two-month festival in Liverpool

On October 9, 2010, John Lennon would have turned 70 years old. Last year’s birthday was pretty uneventful (unless you count the September 9 release of The Beatles Remastered Set and The Beatles: Rock Band a nod to John’s D.O.B.). This year, however, that day will mark the beginning of a two-month festival in Lennon’s honor, held in the Liverpudlian’s hometown.

Events include a birthday celebration at the legendary Cavern Club, a film festival, Lennon-based lectures, visual art exhibitions at Liverpool John Moores University, and an international poetry competition. Additionally, Lennon pilgrims can visit the exhibition “White Feather: Spirit of John Lennon” at the Beatles Story Pier Head. Curated by John’s first wife Cynthia (née Powell) and their son Julian Lennon, the exhibition originally opened in Liverpool last June but has been extended to remain open until December 31, 2010.

According to the Liverpool Daily Post, the festival will culminate on December 9 (the day after what will be the 30th anniversary of his death) in a tribute concert, John Lennon Remembered, at the Echo Arena.

Now the question remains: why is Ozzy Osbourne one of the first guests to be publicized?

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