Yoko Ono was at the centre of a blast from the past when she was joined by Ringo Starr and Jeff Bridges for a recreation of her iconic bed-in protests with her late husband John Lennon.
Back in 1969, Lennon and Ono made worldwide headlines when they staged two bed-ins, staying in bed for two-week stints in hotels in Amsterdam and Montreal to spread their message of peace while protesting the Vietnam War.
For this new version, Ono, Starr and Bridges crashed on a bed set up outside New York’s City Hall in support of the city’s schools, part of the fifth annual “Come Together: NYC” event on Thursday.
“It’s an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko,” joked Starr, according to Gothamist.
The trio was joined by NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and others during the event, which celebrated the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a mobile production facility that “provides hands-on creative experiences to students of all ages.”
“John would be very proud to know that this project encourages young people everywhere to embrace their creativity and share their ideas for peace. I am so happy to be celebrating its 21st year,” said Ono in a statement.
Starr shared a photo on Twitter:
During the event, the band Blac Rabbit led the crowd in a singalong of Lennon’s classic “Give Peace a Chance” and “Imagine”, with Starr lending his praise to the group.
Blac Rabbit also accompanied Bridges in a performance of The Beatles’ “Eight Days a Week” inside a subway station.
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