ZOOMER Magazine

The Friend Zone

- —Mike Crisolago

RINGO STARR FIRST crooned about getting by with a little help from his friends on the Beatles’ seminal 1967 Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album. And more than 50 years later, he’s still asking pals to give him a hand on his new EP, called, ahem, Zoom In. The 80-year-old collaborat­ed with fellow Beatle Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz and Dave Grohl, as well as songwriter Diane Warren on the single, “Here’s to the Nights.” Sting also called in a few favours for his latest album, Duets, a compilatio­n of the 69-year-old’s pairings with artists including Annie Lennox, Julio Iglesias and Eric Clapton. Meanwhile, with the 2019 documentar­y Once Were Brothers: Robbie Robertson and The Band still going strong on the Crave streaming service, The Band itself returns to the vault for the 50th anniversar­y of its hit album Stage Fright, with a box set featuring remastered tracks and unreleased concert recordings. And Willie Nelson, at 87, follows up his 2018 Frank Sinatra tribute album My Way with That’s Life, a second ode to Ol’ Blue Eyes featuring covers of tunes like “Luck Be a Lady.”

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