Alanis Morissette, Dave Matthews, Stone Temple Pilots, Moby, and Nelly Furtado are among the acts set to honor John Lennon in front of live and television audiences tonight (October 2). Come Together: A Night For John Lennon’s Words & Music will air live from Manhattan’s Radio City Music Hall on both cable channel TNT and the WB broadcast network at 8 p.m. ET.
All performing acts will deliver renditions of Lennon songs, including “Dear Prudence” (Morissette), “In My Life” (Matthews), “Revolution” (Stone Temple Pilots), “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” (Marc Anthony), and “Strawberry Fields Forever” (Cyndi Lauper). Others participating in the event include the Isley Brothers, Lou Reed, Shelby Lynne, Yolanda Adams, Billy Preston, Craig David, Rufus Wainwright, and Lennon’s son Sean Lennon.
Also appearing will be actors Dustin Hoffman, Ben Stiller, James Gandolfini, Edie Falco, Julia Stiles, Steve Buscemi, and Tim Roth. Kevin Spacey will host the event and Dave Stewart of Eurythmics will perform and serve as musical director for a house band comprising top-notch session musicians.
Come Together: A Night For John Lennon’s Words & Music was originally scheduled for taping on September 20 and airing on Lennon’s birthday, October 9. However, last month’s terrorist attacks prompted the event to be both rescheduled and aired live.
The event will benefit New York City relief organizations, including the American Red Cross, September 11th Fund, the New York State World Trade Center Relief Fund, the Salvation Army, and the Twin Towers Fund, in addition to the Violence Policy Center and the Brady Center To Prevent Gun Violence united with the Million Mom March. Concert viewers will be directed to helping.org to make contributions.