In honor of what would have been John Lennon's 75th birthday this past October, a handful of influential artists including Willie Nelson, Steven Tyler, Sheryl Crow, Aloe Blacc, Pat Monahan of Train, Brandon Flowers of the Killers, Chris Stapleton, the Roots and Eric Church will come together for a tribute concert at the Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City, Rolling Stone reports. The benefit program will be filmed for an on-air special, Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert, and will air on AMC on December 19 at 9 p.m. EST. Fans looking for tickets to the live event must be willing to pay a hefty price, as tickets to the John Lennon Tribute on December 5 continue to go up on the secondary market.
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Although tickets for the event went on sale via Ticketmaster on November 17, primary tickets are few and far between. As it stands, resale tickets are averaging $284, with the cheapest ticket available for $79, according to data provided by TiqIQ. Additional artists are expected to be announced for the event, and so the growing star-studded lineup should help to spike ticket prices as the show date grows closer. With rising prices for tickets, Madison Square Garden parking through ParkWhiz.com can cut into some of the commuting cost with options starting from $10.
John Lennon is considered by many to be the most iconic member of the Beatles, writing and co-writing dozens of classics including, "She Loves You," "Come Together," "All You Need Is Love" and "Revolution." Lennon's last public performance was at Elton John's Madison Square Garden concert on November 28, 1974. On December 8, 1980, he was shot and killed outside of his Dakota apartment on New York City's Upper West Side.
The event stays true to Lennon's strong activism for peace and love, and a portion of the proceeds will benefit Robin Hood, New York's largest poverty-fighting organization.