The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus has visited over 2,000 schools nationwide since its creation by Yoko Ono in 1998, giving young art students an inside look at state-of-the-art audio/video production equipment. The bus arrived at NYC's City Hall on Thursday (9/13) to kick off the fifth edition of the tour bus' "Come Together" residency, which was hosted by Ono, along with Ringo Starr, Jeff Bridges, Mayor Bill de Blasio, photographer Henry Diltz, and NYC council speaker Corey Johnson. Keeping with this year's theme of "activism," the residency kicked off with a "bed-in" event, which recalled John and Yoko's famous protest of the Vietnam War in 1969. The event aimed to inspire further student awareness of political and social issues, which seemed appropriate on the day of the NY Primary Elections.

According to CBS 2 News, students gathered at City Hall and sang "Give Peace A Chance," while holding up signs paying homage to the original 1969 protest, reading "Hair Peace, "Bed Peace,” and "Imagine Peace." The bus will make stops at schools around the city for the next month. You can view pictures in the gallery above, and watch footage of the event, which was livestreamed on Facebook, below.

As previously announced, Yoko Ono is gearing up to release her new album Warzone next month, which features re-recorded versions of older material. She recently shared the video for the reimagined "Children Power," and you can view that below.

It's been a Beatles-filled week here in NYC with Paul McCartney playing a special show in Grand Central Station less than a week ago, and Paul and John's face on every corner thanks to a questionable cover story by the NY Post related to Paul's hands-on interview in GQ. Meanwhile, Ringo plays Radio City Music Hall tonight with his All-Starr band.


photos by Sachyn Mital

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