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Imagine what songs might be playing in your iTunes today had we not lost John Lennon 35 years ago.

The co-founder of The Beatles would have celebrated his 75th birthday October 9th — and to mark the occasion some of today’s biggest stars have joined surviving Beatles Ringo and Paul to honor the rock-and-roll legend in a broadcast set to air on cable TV this weekend.

An A-List music line-up performed some of his greatest hits on December 5 at a charity concert in New York. “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert” airs this Saturday on AMC network.


John Fogerty opens the show with back to back performances of “Give Peace a Chance” and “In My Life.”

Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler does a crowd-pleasing reprisal of his role from the 1978 “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” movie, in which he played leader of the Future Villain Band. Additionally, in a duet with country music superstar Eric Church, Tyler belts out “Revolution.”

The roster also includes Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Brandon Flowers of The Killers, Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Tom Morello of Rage Against the Machine, Willie Nelson, The Roots, and Chris Stapleton, among others.

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Paul McCartney sent a pre-recorded video and actor Kevin Bacon hosted the concert, which ends with the all-star line-up performing “All You Need Is Love.”

The concert raised money for charity with a portion of the ticket sales going to Robin Hood, a New York nonprofit funding 200 programs to help people rise out of poverty.

(WATCH the video trailer below) —Photo: stuarthampton, CC

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