Get ready to relive the exhilarating era that changed the course of popular music forever. The British Invasion dominated the airwaves for only a few short years but left a lasting impression on modern music, its influences resonating from pop to rock to everything in between. British Invasion revivals give new audiences a chance to experience the hits of the '60s live while the older generation indulges in nostalgic flashbacks to their youth.
Inspired by rock 'n' roll music from the U.S. that was sweeping the airwaves around the world, young British groups started developing their own iconic sound. The youth-driven culture revolution taking place in Swinging London at the time helped fuel the desire to turn rock and pop music on its ear. By infusing American blues and rock with guitar-based, up-tempo melodic pop, the burgeoning Brit bands found a new style called "Merseybeat" that turned out to be a cultural phenomenon at home and abroad.
From the moment The Beatles landed in the U.S. and on television screens across the country, American teenagers were hooked on the Merseybeat sound. On the heels of Beatlemania, U.S. radio DJs began spinning records from English bands with a similar sound and energy, thus sparking the British Invasion. Throughout the mid-1960s, U.K. musicians dominated U.S. radios and the Billboard charts were topped with singles from U.K. imports like Manfred Mann's "Do Wah Diddy", The Animals' "The House of the Rising Sun", Petula Clark's "Downtown", Herman's Hermits' "Mrs. Brown, You've Got a Lovely Daughter" and Donovan's "Sunshine Superman". The influx of British music into the States slowed the popularity of pre-Motown vocal groups, old-fashioned crooners and ended the reign of teenybopper idols from the 1950s.
In addition to changing the sound of rock music, The Beatles helped redefine the rock band. Many new groups forming in the United Kingdom and the United States were modeled on The Beatles' guitars and drums format, with some bands also producing their own original material as musician-songwriters, rather than relying on outside songwriting teams. By the end of the 1960s, the British Invasion had completely transformed rock 'n' roll music and blazed a trail for generations to come.
When the hits are performed live on stage, the infectious beats and raw energy of the British Invasion captivate generations young and old. Audiences can't help rockin' out in the aisles to the greatest hits of The Rolling Stones, The Kinks and The Who. Catch a live British Invasion performance to hear all the old favorites again and rediscover forgotten gems.