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Come Together: A Night for John Lennon's Words and Music (2001)
23 May 2022
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Come Together : A Night for John Lennon ‘s Words and Music is a 2001 television program tribute to John Lennon aired on both TNT and The WB (US Cable Channels).

Originally planned to celebrate Lennon’s accomplishments, the concert took place on October 2, 2001, at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, shortly after the September 11 attacks and exactly one week before the 61st anniversary of Lennon’s birth. It was dedicated to “New York City and its people” and presented as a fundraiser for the Robin Hood Foundation.

Well-known people performed John Lennon songs and spoke about him, including Yoko Ono, Yolanda Adams, Marc Anthony, Beck, Edie Falco, Nelly Furtado, James Gandolfini, Dustin Hoffman, Cyndi Lauper, Sean Lennon, Shelby Lynne, Dave Matthews, Moby, Shaggy, Alanis Morissette, Billy Preston, Lou Reed, Stone Temple Pilots and Rufus Wainwright. The program also features interview and performance clips of Lennon.

The program was hosted by Kevin Spacey, who also performed one of Lennon’s songs, “Mind Games “.

Performances
All songs were written and composed by Lennon, except where noted,

Imagine ” – Yolanda Adams and Billy Preston
In My Life ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Dave Matthews
Revolution ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Stone Temple Pilots
Dear Prudence ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Alanis Morissette
Across The Universe ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Moby, Sean Lennon and Rufus Wainwright
Strawberry Fields Forever ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Cyndi Lauper
Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Marc Anthony
Mother ” – Shelby Lynne
Instant Karma !” – Nelly Furtado and Dave Stewart
Jealous Guy ” – Lou Reed
Nowhere Man ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Natalie Merchant
Mind Games ” – Kevin Spacey
Come Together ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Craig David
This Boy ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Sean Lennon, Rufus Wainwright and Robert Schwartzman
Julia ” (Lennon/McCartney) – Sean Lennon
Give Peace A Chance “/”Power To The People ” – Ensemble

SB: First listen to this since it was broadcast over 20 years ago. I thought Alanis was a standout. She has always sounded more like a witch to me than Stevie Nicks. Sean’s take on This Boy got to me as well. Most surprising was Kevin Spacey’s full-throated version of Mind Games . I remember how everyone felt in the weeks after 9/11 and he seemed to lift up the NY audience with John’s words (also amazing instrumentation).

The following people thank sigh butterfly for this post:

Rube, Richard, Timothy

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