Several exciting Beatles-related events are happening in Los Angeles next weekend, timed perfectly to celebrate John Lennon’s 74th birthday, Oct. 9, 2014. From The Fest for Beatles Fans, tours to Beatle sites, and a visit to John Lennon’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, there will not be a shortage of things to do in the L.A. area (and there will be plenty of cake.) Here is the run-down:
Lennon’s Birthday Celebration at Hollywood Walk of Fame Star
Thursday, Oct. 9, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. -A public birthday celebration will be held at the Hollywood Walk of Fame Star located in front of the Capitol Records Tower Building at 1750 N. Vine Street. Chris Carter, radio host of “Breakfast With the Beatles” (KLOS), will once again emcee the event and serve cake. Fans are invited to bring candles and flowers to decorate the star as well as perform music and poetry at the special free-to-the-public annual event. Star polisher Dennis Garling will clean and polish the star just before the birthday event begins. Visit the John Lennon 74th Birthday Celebration facebook page.
Fest for Beatles Fans
Friday, Oct. 10 – Sunday, Oct. 12, Los Angeles Airport Marriott. The Fest makes a rare return to Los Angeles for the first time in many years. It will feature many guests including Billy J. Kramer, Peter Asher, and Joey Molland. Three members of Wings will reunite at the Fest: Denny Laine, Denny Seiwell, and Lawrence Juber.
Magical History Tour
“A Magical History Tour” is a fantastic tour hosted by Gillian Lomax, beginning in Santa Monica and ending in Hollywood, driving you to many significant places the Beatles knew well, from their homes, to clubs (including The Troubadour), performance venues and a studio they recorded in. The tours are $75/person; they start at 10 a.m. and are generally between three and four hours, with a short break. Gillian told the John Lennon Examiner:
I will be doing tours from Thursday the 9th through the 14th for those flying into L.A. for the Fest for Beatles Fans. I will pick people up from the hotel.” Sign up at her site.
Candy Leonard will do a book signing and reading from her new book, “Beatleness” at Stories Books and Café Thursday Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Across the country and around the globe
Enoch’s Irish Pub will host their 35th annual birthday party for Lennon on Oct. 9, with live music beginning at 9 p.m. Also, May Pang and Nancy Lee Andrews are in Germany and will appear at the Frankfurt Book Fair Oct. 8.