Ringo Starr pushes love in new mu­sic for birth­day

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

Ringo Starr cel­e­brated his 77th birth­day Fri­day with a call for more love in the world on a song from a new al­bum that will fea­ture Bea­tles band­mate Paul McCart­ney. The for­mer Bea­tles drum­mer an­nounced that "Peace and Love," his 19th stu­dio al­bum, will come out on Septem­ber 15 and in­clude col­lab­o­ra­tions with McCart­ney as well as other ma­jor names in rock.

Starr re­leased a first song, "Give More Love," a pop track whose up­lift­ing cho­rus has echoes of Bea­tles clas­sics but with heav­ier gui­tar. Keep­ing a birth­day tra­di­tion, Starr en­cour­aged fans around the world to meet up and col­lec­tively of­fer a twofin­ger peace sign, with the ex-Bea­tle him­self ap­pear­ing in Los An­ge­les out­side the head­quar­ters of his la­bel Capi­tol Records. The peace mo­tif harks back to the hip­pie era of the 1960s when The Bea­tles em­braced the mes­sage of non-vi­o­lence-a theme es­pe­cially dear to late band­mates John Len­non and Ge­orge Har­ri­son.

McCart­ney is cred­ited on two songs on "Peace and Love," mark­ing a re­union of all liv­ing mem­bers of his­tory's top-sell­ing pop group and the pair's first record­ing to­gether since Starr's 2010 al­bum "Y Not." Starr, who recorded "Peace and Love" at his home stu­dio in Los An­ge­les, first re­vealed the col­lab­o­ra­tion in Fe­bru­ary when he tweeted a pic­ture of him­self em­brac­ing McCart­ney and thanked him for com­ing to play bass.

Starr on "Peace and Love" also en­listed sev­eral song­writ­ers who worked with him on his last al­bum, 2015's "Post­cards from Par­adise." They in­clude Ea­gles gui­tarist Joe Walsh, Dave Ste­wart of The Eury­th­mics, soft rock singer Richard Marx and Toto gui­tarist and pro­lific ses­sion mu­si­cian Steve Lukather. Starr plans eight shows in Oc­to­ber at a Las Ve­gas casino fol­lowed by a short US tour. — AFP


Record­ing artist Ringo Starr blows can­dles as his wife Bar­bara Bach (3rd L) and di­rec­tor David Lynch, friends and fam­ily look on dur­ing Ringo Starr's birth­day cel­e­bra­tion at Capi­tol Records in Hol­ly­wood, Cal­i­for­nia.

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