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Liverpool remembers John Lennon on 30th death anniversary

Wednesday, December 08, 2010 (London)

On the 30th death anniversary of John Lennon today, musicians and fans gathered in Liverpool, the home town of the Beatles, to celebrate the works of the legendary singer and activist.

A recreation of Astrid Kircherr's famous 1964 photograph of the Fab Four on the St George's Hall steps, a candlelit vigil and the inauguration of a sculpture dedicated to Lennon, are among the tributes the city is paying to its most famous son, reported BBC online.

Lennon was shot dead by a crazed fan in New York on 8 December 1980 at the age of 40, and the occasion is being marked around the world and Liverpool is leading the way.

Thousands of fans are expected to gather at Chavasse Park, where a sculpture has been erected in Lennon's honour, to remember what the Beatle brought to the world of art and music.

It is the penultimate day of a two-month series of culture events across the city, which have been organised to celebrate the musician's life and lasting legacy.

Lennon's widow Yoko Ono, who was beside him when he was shot, is expected to give a concert in Tokyo on Wednesday to mark the anniversary.

A charity concert will take place in Liverpool's Echo Arena, called Lennon Remembered: The 9 Faces of John, which will feature the Liverpudlian's friends and former bandmates performing his most famous songs. The acts will include his first band The Quarrymen.

Fans are also expected to gather at the 'Imagine' memorial in Central Park, New York, opposite the Dakota Building where the former Beatle was gunned down by killer Mark Chapman 30 years ago tonight.

'Rolling Stone' magazine is releasing John Lennon's final interview on the 30th anniversary of his death.

Lennon gave them an interview on Dec 5, 1980, just three days before being gunned down.
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