Bermuda's John Lennon Tribute features two days of Special Events
Hamilton, Bermuda.- Bermuda will honour John Lennon’s memory for two days this summer and fall with a series of special events during the “Double Fantasy Bermuda Tribute,” taking place June 21, 2012 and September 21, 2012 at the Bermuda Botanical Gardens. The special tribute is named after Lennon’s comeback album, “Double Fantasy”, which was largely inspired by his life-changing journey to Bermuda in 1980.
After returning from his six-week Bermuda vacation that unlocked a five-year writer’s block, Lennon completed 25 songs. The album, named after a flower he had seen in the Bermuda Botanical Gardens, topped the charts before he was tragically killed a month later by a deranged fan.
The “Double Fantasy Bermuda Tribute” has been expanded to include an additional day on September 21, and will celebrate his legacy through a series of celebratory events and festivities, ranging from art installations and exhibits to book debuts and musical performances. Highlighted event activities include:
•John Lennon Sculpture (June 21) – Created by Bermudian contemporary surrealist artist and sculptor Graham Foster, the John Lennon Sculpture will be unveiled outside the Masterworks Museum of Bermuda Art. The installation will feature a double image of Lennon’s profile with his Rickenbacker guitar, peace doves and the Double Fantasy flower set in a circle. The sculpture will also feature a video greeting from Yoko Ono.
•John Lennon traveling art exhibit (June 21) – The exhibit will be on display in the Rick Faries Gallery at the Masterworks Museum. Lennon’s lithographs will be exhibited along with other artifacts and items connected with Lennon’s stay in Bermuda.
•Double Fantasy Labyrinth (June 21) – The event will unveil the Double Fantasy Labyrinth in the Botanical Gardens, featuring the freesia that captured Lennon’s imagination and inspired the album title.
•Bermuda Fantasy: John Lennon’s Island Story (Sept. 21) – Lennon’s love for Bermuda will be captured in this book which will be released at the event, featuring the great story of his sail from Newport, R.I. along with Bermuda tales as captured by people John met in Bermuda. The book will also feature drawings by sculptor artist Graham Foster.
•“Bermuda John Lennon Tribute” CD (Sept. 21) – In celebration, major international artists, including Maxi Priest, Paul Carrack, Nils Lofgren, Judie Tzuke, Rhino’s Express (Status Quo) and Biggie Irie as well as Bermudian artists Heather Nova, Rebecca Faulkenberry, Nic Christopher, Chewstick, Mia Chambray, Christina Quinn, Jonathan Frith, Joy Barnum, Steve Easton, Rachel Brown and Paul Muggleton will pay homage to Lennon with a CD release covering some of his most famed songs.
•Tribute Concert (Sept. 21) – The concert will take place on September 21 and feature live performances by some of the artists featured on the CD, including: UK artist Judie Tzuke, who has recorded Lennon’s song “LOVE” for the CD and is best known for her song “Stay With Me ‘Till Dawn”; Paul Muggleton, one of the founding members of Bermuda’s first rock band, The Savages, and producer for several tracks for the Lennon CD in the UK; and Paul Carrack, known for hits such as “How Long” with ACE, “Tempted” with Squeeze and “Living Years” with Mike and The Mechanics.