Imagine What John Lennon Would Think...
Twenty-five years ago today -- for many -- the music died.
On December 8, 1980 John Lennon was murdered in New York City.
Thrasher's Wheat commemorates Lennon's work by remembering another seminal event which took place on September 21, 2001, just days after the 9-11 terror attack on the U.S.
Neil Young performed John Lennon's song "Imagine" on the broadcast musical benefit telethon "America: A Tribute to Heroes". Simulcast live from London, New York and Los Angeles on the four major TV networks and the Internet, the program was seen by an estimated 89 million viewers.
For many, Young's performance was emotionally wrenching and heart felt. Performing on a grand piano and accompanied by a small orchestra of violins, Young's rendition of Lennon's "Imagine" spoke to many of us who were suffering from the terrible tragedies in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia.
Those in the studio that night, reported that Young appeared to be on the verge of tears upon completing the song. Pulse Magazine wrote that Young's performance of "Imagine" on the Benefit telecast was "one of those moments you never forget."
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