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John Lennon Educational Tour Bus gives would-be artists a chance to imagine their potential

June 08, 2011|By Jay Jones | Special to the Los Angeles Times
(Bill Frakes )

Superlative singer-songwriters such as John Lennon are rare, but the next superstar could be about to unleash his or her talent in Las Vegas.

The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus offers free tours of the rolling production studio and recording sessions through Saturday outside the front entrance of the Mirage.

The Lennon Bus – a state-of-the-art facility that offers both audio and video recording – is a nonprofit facility offering its gear to amateurs and professional musicians. Among those who have used it are the Black Eyed Peas and Natasha Bedingfield.

The custom coach has been traveling the U.S. and Canada for the last 14 years. It's funded by John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, and a host of sponsors, and it’s designed to encourage people of all ages to imagine their artistic potential.

The visit to the Mirage coincides with the fifth anniversary of "Love," the Beatles-themed Cirque du Soleil show, at the resort.

Info: The bus is in front of the Mirage and is open for tours from 3 to 8 p.m. through Saturday. To learn more, go to the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus website

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