History of The Who in London and West London Blues Trail (LR7)
Who where the ‘Mods’? This youth cult introduced the world to a new style, fashion and music from the late 1950s to the early 1960s. The influence of Mod style and culture is still having an impact today. And the greatest of all Mod bands were The Who. Come with us to discover Mod London and the birthplace of The Who and their own special brand of destructive rock’n’roll!
This is the ‘Magic Bus’! Well, it certainly is for Who fans as we tour the west London neighbourhoods of Shepherds Bush, Acton, Ealing and Hanwell. Members of The Who were all born and raised here and this is where they forged their unique and powerful music. On this tour, get the full story of the Who’s remarkable career from their beginnings as The Detours, their adoption by the Mod movement, and their rise to status as the greatest ever rock’n’roll band. On our roots tour and in the company of our expert guide, past and current homes, schools, early gigs sites, rehearsal rooms, studios clubs and staging points on their ‘amazing journey’. Learn about the 60s environment that gave birth to Mods and Rockers and underpinned Townsend’s masterpiece ‘Quadrophenia’…
Blues Legend, John Mayall said ‘Ealing is obviously the foundation and starting point of everything’; The Stones, The Yardbirds (Beck, Clapton, Page) and The Who were all born and raised here.
This West London touring adventure includes the story of the Birth of London’s Blues scene in Ealing, Eel Pie Island and Richmond!
This special West London Who and Blues tour OPTIONS INCLUDE:
Ealing Blues Club, every bit London’s Cavern! This is where Brian Jones first met Jagger and Richards & where Charlie joined the Stones; where Clapton debuted and Alexis Korner, Beck, Stewart, Bruce and Baker all played
Ealing Art College – alumni including Freddie Mercury, Pete Townsend, Ronnie Wood
The legendary Olympic Studios (Stones, Who, Hendrix, Led Zep and others!)
Richmond’s Crawdaddy Club – The Rolling Stones and Yardbirds first residency
Richmond homes of Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood and Pete Townsend
Shepherds Bush locations relating to The Who, Police, Bowie, Elvis Costello and others
As time permits, other options may include: Marc Bolan’s death tree and shrine; site of Marshall Amps birthplace; various Yardbirds places; homes of Mitch Mitchell, Dusty Springfield, Rick Wakeman, Fleetwood Mac’s John McVie, Thin Lizzy’s Phil Lynott; Led Zeppelin’s rehearsal rooms; Deep Purple’s communal house, favourite pub and rehearsal studio; Punk sites including the Nashville and various Sex Pistols/Clash sites
SUGGESTED ITINERARY FOR PRIVATE DEPARTURES
This is a custom tour available for private departures. Cost is based on size of the vehicle, how many people, if you choose a half day (2 – 4 hours) or a full day (up to 8 hours.)
Private tours are the date/time of your choice, provided we have a vehicle and driver/guide available. A private tour is just yourselves with the personal services of driver/guide. It is a flat rate for the hire of vehicle/driver/guide:
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