Ringo Starr gets back to where he once belonged
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has very little left to prove.
Yet at 77, he’s about to release his 19th solo album, filled with nostalgia about a glorious past that he has often sought to distance himself from.
Starr teams up with former bandmate Paul McCartney on the album, entitled Give More Love.
Collaborations between the last two surviving members of The Beatles always generate media frenzy. This time was no different.
When Starr posted a picture on Twitter of the two of them working together back in February, the news quickly spread.
“When we’re together, it’s good because we spent a lot of very intense time together, a lot of loving time together,” he said at a London hotel.
“For me, he’s just an incredible human being, besides an incredible bass player,” he added.
The album features a blink-and-you’llmiss-it moment referring to their days as the Fab Four. In Don’t Pass Me By, Starr croons “I’d like to be under the sea” as the track slowly fades out.
“That’s a homage to one of my songs called Octopus’s Garden,” he explained, referring to the 1969 song from the Abbey Road album.
“I thought it was an interesting thing to put those songs I’ve done before but with these young bands,” he said.
Starr has in the past tried to play down The Beatles, a band that only existed for Ringo Starr’s first 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit, used by Starr in more than 200 performances in 1963 and 1964. eight years, but whose legacy has continually overshadowed the work they each produced post-split.
Born in 1940, Starr was only 29 years old when the Fab Four broke up and has therefore spent most of his career as a solo artist.
Nowadays, he seems to have made his peace with people forever wanting to know more about the Liverpudlian quartet.
Dressed in black jeans, bomber jacket and rock-star black sunglasses, he looks remarkably youthful as he walks around bumping elbows with people in greeting and making his now famous peace-andlove V sign.
A germophobe, he bumps elbows with people to avoid shaking hands.
The reminiscing in Give More Love goes further still than his time in history’s top-selling pop group.
Electricity references the Liverpool of his youth, and his Rory and the Hurricanes bandmate Johnny Guitar.
“He played so great. I have great memories of his playing to this day, and that was a long time ago,” said Starr, who now spends most of his time in Beverly Hills in the US.
Having celebrated his 77th birthday in July, Starr could reasonably hang up the drum sticks.
Instead, he’ll be doing eight shows in October at a Las Vegas casino followed by a short US tour.
“I’m not looking to retire — it doesn’t make sense for me,” he said.
“I can go as long as I can hold the sticks”.