Returning to the swinging ‘60s

In London, the music of the ’60s continues to captivate generations beyond the Baby Boomers. The Beatles, for example, made a resurgence on the UK charts with their single “Now And Then,” despite the absence of John Lennon and George Harrison. Surviving members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr breathed life into the shelved song, which dated back to 1977.

Another iconic ’60s band, Jethro Tull, showcased their enduring presence by selling out tickets for their performance at the London Palladium. Their frontman, Ian Anderson, still rocked the stage at the age of 76, displaying his signature flute-playing antics and belting out classics like “Aqualung.”

The journey through ’60s music didn’t end in London, as enthusiasts followed the trail to Liverpool and Nottingham. In Liverpool, exhibits like the British Music Experience and The Beatles Story museum offered a nostalgic look at the era, featuring virtual performances, memorabilia, and recreations of iconic locations. Nottingham hosted the “Sensational 60s Experience” show, where bands like The Swinging Blue Jeans and Vanity Fare delighted the audience with their hits.

The experience culminated in London with a visit to Yoko Ono’s exhibit at Tate Modern and a dinner hosted by the Philippine Ambassador to the UK. Reliving the magic of the ’60s provided an unforgettable journey down memory lane, highlighting the timeless appeal of the music that started it all.

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