Brandon Flowers among stars who will pay tribute to John Lennon in New York next month

The Killers singer joins The Roots and more to honour the late singer's 75th birthday

On October 9 The Beatles’ late singer John Lennon would have been 75 years old. To honour this fact, a concert is being held in tribute.

Taking place at the Theatre at Madison Square Garden on December 5, the special concert will feature The Killers frontman Brandon Flowers, alongside a whole host of other huge names.

Announced so far are: The Roots, Aloe Blacc, Sheryl Crow, Peter Frampton, Kris Kristofferson, Rage Against The Machine‘s Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, Aerosmith‘s Steven Tyler, Pat Monahan from Train, Chris Stapleton, Juanes and Eric Church.

Tickets for the gig go on sale on Tuesday 17 November at 9am EST, but it will also be filmed and broadcast on America’s AMC channel on December 19.

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John Lennon was murdered in December 1980, aged just 40, after being shot by David Mark Chapman in New York.

On what would have been Lennon’s birthday, his wife Yoko Ono marked the day by traveling to the island of Videy near Reyjkavik, Iceland to light the Imagine Peace Tower, built in Lennon’s honour in 2007. Ono attends the lighting ceremony every year and 2015 was the ninth consecutive year she’d been.

In a public message, Ono wrote: “Every year so many people celebrate John’s life in different and very special ways. I’m always so proud that John’s legacy just grows and grows and resonates with new generations all around the world. It always chokes me up to see his message still out there. Music helps create a global village and John’s music is very much woven into our lives and will continue to be so forever. He wanted a better planet and together we tried to make it so. The message he was promoting was clear and direct and is as needed today as it was then. All we are saying is give peace a chance! I love you John.”
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