John Lennon’s piano, on tour as a symbol of peace, was to arrive Friday to commemorate the anniversary of the death of civil-rights leader the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.
Lennon composed his 1971 song “Imagine” on the Steinway upright piano, which was purchased by pop star George Michael in 2000 for $2.1 million.
Memphis is the second stop on the tour that will include the World Trade Center in Manhattan, the bombed federal building in Oklahoma City and the Branch Davidian compound destroyed in a fiery siege in Waco, Texas.
The first tour stop was Dallas, where President Kennedy was assassinated on Nov. 22, 1963.
“This is about hopes and dreams and the world condition,” Michael’s partner, Kenny Goss, said Tuesday.
Goss said neither he nor Michael planned to attend.
“It would be completely distracting. What we’re focusing on is the message John Lennon was trying to promote,” he said.
The piano is being photographed at each site for a possible book and documentary on world peace.