Dear John - John Lennon 80th Birthday Tribute Concert


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'Dear John' - the 2nd annual John Lennon tribute concert in aid of War Child UK - will be taking place as an online event on Friday 9th October, hosted, as in 2019, from the Hard Rock Hotel in London. The concert stream will be live on Youtube at 8pm BST.

Put together by Blurred Vision band frontman Sepp Osley, who himself could have been a poster child for War Child UK having escaped war-torn Iran as a young child in the 80s, the ‘Dear John’ concert is not only a celebration of the music, legacy, and 80th birthday of the Beatle legend, but a coming together of fans and artists from different generations and backgrounds

The evening will include performances of Lennon songs by/or tributes from KT Tunstall, Larkin Poe, Peter Gabriel (part of the Dear John video), Richard Curtis CBE, Maxi Jazz of Faithless, Lindsay Ell, PP Arnold, Andy Fairweather Low, John Ilsley of Dire Straits, Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Gowan ( AKA frontman of Styx), Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, Blurred Vision with Lyndon J Connah, Mollie Marriott, Laura Jean Anderson, and more to be announced.

A video of the Blurred Video anthem ‘Dear John’ can be seen now on the band's Youtube page, blurredvisionmusic, featuring tributes from Peter Gabriel, Donovan, Fish, Marc Almond, Paul Young, John Otway and many more as well as messages from fans around the globe.

Please note: All live stream events are subject to change. Not all events listed are live performances by the artist - they also include archived concerts, DJ sets, masterclasses, Q&As and more.


PP Arnold

PP Arnold appearing at this event

Soul singer who sang in Ike and Tina Turner's backing group The Ikettes in the mid-Sixties and later joined the Rolling Stones' Immediate Record label. She has continued to sing and act on stage and screen throughout the last three decades.

See 3 tour dates featuring PP Arnold

KT Tunstall

KT Tunstall appearing at this event

The BRIT awards winner of Best British Female Solo Artist of 2006 needs little introduction these days - the evidence of her success is unavoidable in Britain today. By her own testimony, her rather personal and reflective music is rooted in her adopted childhood; 'I grew up knowing I could have had a million different lives. It makes your life mysterious and your imagination go wild.' She's earned a solid reputation as a live performer and also pioneered the use of live sampling in chart music, which features significantly in her concerts with the use of a pedal she refers to as 'Wee B**tard'.

See 15 tour dates featuring KT Tunstall

John Illsley

John Illsley appearing at this event

John Illsley was the bass player for the English rock band Dire Straits. Introduced to lead singer and guitarist Mark Knopfler by Mark's brother, David Knopfler, Illsley was one of just two of the original band members remaining when it broke up in 1995. John has also released two albums of his own, Never Told A Soul in 1984 and Glass in 1988.

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Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis, the award winning TV and film writer is best known for directing Four Weddings and a Funeral and Notting Hill. He is also known for founding the British charity Comic Relief.

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Lindsay Ell

Lindsay Ell appearing at this event

Lindsay Ell is a Canadian country music singer, songwriter and guitarist from Calgary, Alberta. Her music incorporates elements of rock, blues and pop within the country genre.

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Larkin Poe

Larkin Poe appearing at this event

Describing themselves as "roots-rock'n'soul", Atlanta GA roots group Larkin Poe are sister duo Rebecca & Megan Lovell, augmented by musicians, Robby Handley (bass, keys and harmony vocals), and Marlon Patton (drums & percussion). After years of being fercely independent, with five self-released EPs and touring for three years without label support, they eventually decided to sign with RH Music. "Violins and mandolins have been laid down in favour of slick electric guitars, their snappy vignettes of tough love bristling with a Seventies classic pop rock sheen of sinuous riffs, snappy handclaps and cheeky call and response vocals" - The Telegraph.

See 18 tour dates featuring Larkin Poe

10cc's Graham Gouldman

10cc's Graham Gouldman appearing at this event

Probably best known as one of the founding members of 10cc, Graham Gouldman has been a successful songwriter since the '60s, with his songs providing the soundtrack to so many teenage memories. From his first songwriting hit 'For Your Love' recorded by The Yardbirds in 1965, through catchy tunes and lyrics for The Hollies and Herman's Hermits in the '60s, a decade of hits with 10cc in the '70s and early '80s, songwriting partnerships with Kirsty MacColl, Suggs from Madness, Andrew Gold, Gary Burr, Tim Rice and – still contributing to those teenage soundtracks – co-writing with McFly on their Number One album Wonderland.

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Andy Fairweather Low

Andy Fairweather Low appearing at this event

Former Amen Corner vocalist belting out blues and gospel. Andy Fairweather Low's pedigree is the stuff rock dreams are made of.

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Mollie Marriott

Mollie Marriott appearing at this event

Having supported and backed some of the best rock stars in the industry including Robert Plant, The Faces, Mark Knopfler and Paul Weller, Mollie (daughter of the Legendary Small Faces front man Steve Marriott) is set to take the industry by storm. Mollie’s live performances exude a warm, charming rapport with her audience. Her sassy soulful blues vocals are full of classic influences. She can find a raw emotional edge that the best soul and rock singers have – at times rootsy and upscale through to modest and classy with a sustained relaxed feel.

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Maxi Jazz

Maxi Jazz appearing at this event

Real name Maxwell Frazer and ultra-cool frontman with UK dance act Faithless. With lyrics ranging from upbeat to melancholy and despairing to political, Maxi's lyrics reach far further than most.

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Also Appearing

Gowan, Nick Van Eede of Cutting Crew, Lyndon J Connah, Laura Jean Anderson, Blurred Vision