6. London: Sex, Drugs and Rock'n'Roll/The Early Years Tour
Rock music was born and raised in the tiny backstreets and alleys of Soho. It’s here you find basement clubs, rehearsal rooms, pubs and recording studios where the bands made their first tentative steps towards stardom. Wind your way through the narrow, winding streets of what is London’s entertainment district. See the clubs, recording studios, early gig sites and places where your fav bands hung out to eat/drink.
Artists include Beatles, Rolling Stones, Bowie, Elton John, Led Zep, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet, Boy George, Depeche Mode and more. Did you know that the Sex Pistols once shared a flat with Bananarama?! Soho is where the early Stones learned their trade and recorded, where Goth was spawned, where the greats bought (and some still buy) their instruments on ‘Tin Pan Alley.’ Beatles? Of course! Here are Paul’s offices, theatre once owned by all the Fab Four, early gig sites, Brian Epstein had offices in this area…
NORTH LONDON – Long before Amy Winehouse made this area her playground, here was the stomping ground for hippie London, The punk movement and the Clash, then Madness and U2 in the 80s, Oasis, Blur and their Brit Pop rivalries in the 90s. The list of bands playing Camden and Islington venues is long and illustrious – Pink Floyd, X Ray Spex, Sex Pistols, Bob Dylan, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Manic Street Preachers, The Clash, Prince, Van Morrison, The Killers, Coldplay and Blondie to name a few.
ABBEY ROAD/ST JOHNS WOOD – yes of course we can’t do rock and roll without a photo stop at London’s most famous street crossing!