This Week In Music History

Good morning! The holidays are fast approaching and it feels like just yesterday it was Thanksgiving. I hope you’re enjoying your Friday and here is your music fix to get you through the end of the work day.

On this day in 1980, at the request of Yoko Ono at 2pm Eastern Standard Time, John Lennon fans joined in a 10 minutes of silence and prayer to honor his memory. In New York City alone, 100,000 fans gathered in Central Park for the occasion.

In 1999, Paul McCartney joined up with Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour and Ian Paice from Deep Purple in order to play the Cavern Club for the first time since the days of the early Beatles. Live at the Cavern Club was the accompanying concert film directed by Geoff Wonfor and the event was netcast over the internet attracting about 50 million hits.

In 1972, Ringo Starr had some film success as well. He became a producer, working on a film about T. Rex’s Marc Bolan called Born To Boogie which opened in London. It was based around a concert at the Wembley Empire Pool and featured concert footage as well as studio scenes featuring Ringo and Elton John. Various vignettes were also filmed at John Lennon’s estate in the same spots that the video for “Imagine” were filmed.

Finally in 2002, U2 and Paul McCartney announced they would be playing at the Superbowl XXXVI in New Orleans during the halftime show on February 3rd. The Barenaked Ladies and No Doubt were also scheduled to perform at the Fox Tailgate Party in the stadium parking lot.

By Alexandra Parker

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