Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Jeff Bridges were the featured guests at a Beatles-themed "bed-in"—recreating Ono and John Lennon's iconic 1969 Vietnam War protests—to support New York City schools this morning. "It's an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko," joked Starr.
[breaks out vinyl copy of Sgt. Pepper for the first time in years] uh, this isn't how i remember it pic.twitter.com/8zJiZMz262
— Dave Itzkoff (@ditzkoff) September 13, 2018
The three stars were joined by Mayor Bill de Blasio, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson and other local pols for the fifth annual “Come Together: NYC” event, which marked 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. Starr added, "What a great way to have peace, love and music 'Come Together' and honor John's life."
It’s just another bed in bed peace for peace and love Imagine peace. 😎✌️🌟💖🎶💕🎵☮️ pic.twitter.com/0HxETJ0QjO
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) September 13, 2018
The event included music from Blac Rabbit, a psych rock band from Rockaway Beach who have been performing the music of The Beatles every Sunday in September at City Winery. They got a shoutout from Ringo (see above), and then performed "Eight Days A Week," with Bridges filming it and singing along, inside the subway station. Check that out below.
And in case you're wondering: yes, Jeff Bridges has now fully-absorbed the personality of The Dude into himself.
At the @lennonbus event in NYC this morning, Jeff Bridges “The Dude” took time with VAPA Director @brianbelski to wish arts educators a Happy Arts Education Week. #ArtsEdWeek #BecauseOfArtsEd pic.twitter.com/C7y0VKLvoj
— AUHSD VAPA (@AuhsdVapa) September 13, 2018
You can watch the event, which included group singalongs of "Give Peace a Chance" and "Imagine," in full below: