Ringo Starr gets back to where he once be­longed

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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”.

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