LEGEND pays tribute to John Lennon and Yoko Ono's bed-in

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

John Lennon and Yoka Ono

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THEY COULDN’T DECIDE WHERE TO PUT THE ‘RED PEACE, BLUE PEACE’ CARDS. On March 27 at The Grand Theatre, Mark Facchin will be performing LEGEND: The John Lennon Experience to commemorate Lennon’s 1969 bed-in.

“All we are saying is give peace a chance.”

In 1969, John Lennon and Yoko Ono held a two-week long bed-in to promote peace. They visited Amsterdam and Montreal with the hope to end war with a non-violent approach.

Their first visit was Amsterdam, staying in the Hilton Hotel from March 25 to 31. During their bed-in, they invited members of the press to have a discussion on world peace in their hotel room. The press expected them to be having sex after their recent marriage, but instead they were sitting in bed talking about peace.

They originally planned for their second bed-in location to take place in New York City, but after Lennon’s cannabis conviction, he was not allowed into the country.

They moved on to Montreal from May 26 to June 2, inviting U.S. black civil rights advocate Dick Gregory, Quebec separatist Jacques Larue-Langlois and American cartoonist Al Capp, along with 150 journalists each day. Lennon and Ono’s bed-in created worldwide media attention " their message of peace was heard.

The bed-in was completed with the composition of the song “Give Peace A Chance,” written spontaneously by Lennon. It was quickly broadcasted worldwide, inspiring other musicians to sing about peace. Numerous songs and protests by musicians were created in honour of this event, also raising awareness about the bed-in and creating peace.

In honour of the anniversary of Lennon and Ono’s notorious bed-in, The Grand Theatre will be presenting LEGEND: The John Lennon Experience. Formed in London, Ontario in 2008 by Mark Facchin, LEGEND is a professional tribute show.

Through the use of videos, pictures and music, this tribute exhibits Lennon’s life. Some of Lennon’s songs presented in LEGEND are “(Just Like) Starting Over,” “I’m Losing You,” “Woman,” “God,” “I Am the Walrus,” “Imagine,” “All you Need is Love” and many more.

LEGEND is an entertaining performance, allowing the audience to participate in Lennon’s musical magic. Lennon-related door prizes, donated by Groove Records and Belle Air Music, will also be handed out.

The 1969 bed-in was a hoped to change the world to create peace. Forty years later, people around the world are still paying tribute to Lennon and Ono’s renowned event.

LEGEND: The John Lennon Experience will be performed on March 27 at 8 p.m. Tickets can be purchased at the Grand Theatre box office located at 471 Richmond Street, or online at www.grandtheatre.com. Tickets are $18 for adults, $16.20 for seniors and students.

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