NEW YORK, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Sheryl Crow, Eric Church, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton and Steven Tyler are to perform at a New York concert marking what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday.
Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert is to be taped at Madison Square Garden on Dec. 5 and will air exclusively on AMC Dec. 19.
"It's beautiful to see so many wonderful and talented musicians come together for this special show to celebrate John's birthday," Yoko Ono, Lennon's wife, said in a statement. "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."
"It would be impossible to quantify the immense impact John Lennon continues to have on modern culture," added Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents. "His music and lyrics continue to shape the lives of musicians and millions of fans around the world. I can't think of any better way to celebrate his 75th birthday than to honor his legacy with this extraordinary event. It's going to be an unforgettable evening."
"We are proud to be associated with this special event, and to bring Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert to AMC viewers," remarked Joel Stillerman, president of original programming and development at AMC and SundanceTV. "We are continuing to explore unique opportunities in non-fiction programming and special events that can live alongside our original productions and movies, and we know this remarkable event will do just that and attract Lennon fans and music lovers of all ages."
Tickets for the show will be available to the general public on Tuesday through Ticketmaster.
Lennon, the influential singer-songwriter who was also a member of the iconic rock 'n' roll group The Beatles, was shot and killed in 1980 in New York by a deranged fan. He was 40.