Today would have been John Lennon's 72nd birthday and fans will be gathering all over the globe today to remember.

There will be a gathering in New York's Central Park today at Strawberry Fields. Fans are encouraged to bring flowers, candles and memories to share. Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, fans will be gathering at John's star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Vine Street outside the Capitol Records Building for a cake cutting at 6pm Pacific time. Fans in Louisiana will be gathering in Monroe to have cake, hear music from The Lonely Peppers Band and other tribute acts.

John Lennon's widow Yoko Ono will be in Iceland to help light the Imagine Peace Tower. The Peace Tower will remain lit until December 8. You can watch the live stream here. Reykjavik, by the way is five hours ahead of us so you can actually be awake and watch the lighting of the tower. In a letter published on the tower's website, Yoko says:

Dear Friends,

On October 9th 2012, I will relight IMAGINE PEACE TOWER
in Iceland in memory of my late husband John Lennon.

Please ask all your friends to join us by Tweeting wishes
to IMAGINE PEACE TOWER (@IPTower), which you can do right
here at (the Tweet box is top right).

You can also send wishes by post, email & Facebook.
Tell all your friends.
Spread the word!

I hope the IMAGINE PEACE TOWER will give light to the
strong wishes of World Peace from all corners of the planet
and give encouragement, inspiration and a sense of solidarity
in a world now filled with fear and confusion.

Let us come together to realise a peaceful world.

Love is our energy.
Wisdom is our power.
It’s time to shed light to all corners of the world.
Enjoy the trip we make together.


Yoko Ono Lennon
October 2012

I was just at the Strawberry Fields Memorial last week. It was just amazing to be there and to see it and pay my respects. If you ever go to New York City, I highly recommend stopping by the memorial and seeing the Dakota apartment building where John lived. You never know who you're going to run in to.

In other Beatles news, the remastered Magical Mystery Tour is out on DVD and Blu Ray today. Collectors can also grab the special deluxe edition box set that contains the film on DVD and Blu Ray as well as a 60 page book and a seven inch vinyl EP of the songs the band recorded especially for the film. The DVD itself is $16, the Blu Ray is $25 and the heavily recommended collectors edition box set is $95.