(Entered October 8, 2001)

Thanks to Harry Bluebond

The annual John Lennon birthday celebration will take place Tuesday, October 9, 2001 beginning at 5PM in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at John's Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located at 1750 North Vine Street.

JOL and Beatles fans of all ages are invited to the free-to-the-public event to share in the celebration on what would have been John's 61st birthday, and to help light the candles on 61 peace symbol-decorated cupcakes that will encircle John's star.  Due to the present construction of a new Capitol Records Campus, John's star has been covered over with construction scaffolding, but Capitol Records will be making John's star and the sidewalk area available for the special birthday event.

Along with the Peace Cupcakes lighting ceremony, the program will include live and taped John and Beatle songs, public tributes to John, guest speakers and a special candle-lighting to remember the innocent victims of the September 11 terrorism in New York City.

Event organizer, Jerry Rubin says he is  hoping that on October 9, Lennon fans throughout the United States and the world will light a "John Lennon Peace Candle" for the September 11 victims and their families and will donate funds in John's memory to the victims' families and the ongoing relief efforts.

The October 9 birthday event is being sponsored by the Los Angeles Alliance for Survival peace organization.


Fans will be gathering at the Imagine mosaic in the Strawberry Fields section of Central Park, across the street from the Dakota apartment building to honor John on October 9.  The beautiful mosaic usually draws a number of people to the park on John's birthday.  You can see this section of the Park on the TNT "Come Together" John Lennon tribute special - Cyndi Lauper performed Strawberry Fields Forever sitting near the Imagine mosaic.

Fans are always invited to share their experiences at these events with IK! - Just write to us and give us your thoughts so we can share them online with fans who can't make it to these special locations.