Today is Ringo Starr's 80th birthday, and he's having a big party on You Tube tonight at 8pm.
In fact, Ringo has a big party every year on his birthday with his signature saying always in mind:"Peace and Love". The birthday boy, who will be joined tonight by his Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney and many other fab musicians, wants everyone to stop what they're doing at 12 noon today, wherever you are, put up the peace sign and say "peace and love." I'm in, Ringo!
As always, Ringo will raising money for several charities ....this year for Black Lives Matter Global Network, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares & WaterAid.
Ringo says he's feeling great, he blessed, and he's still touring with his All Star Band. I saw them a few years back at the Tower Theater in Upper Darby, and it was one of the best, most joyous, uplifting concerts ever. Ringo does his hits, and the hits of the all star musicians he assembles for the tour. If he comes through Philly again, I'll be there, and I highly recommend this terrific evening of music.
Here's a story Ringo told in a recent interview about a Beatles reunion.
A few years after their breakup, The Beatles were offered a ridiculous sum of money, 50 million dollars!...for a one-time reunion concert, but turned it town because the opening act would have featured a man fighting a great white shark! This pay per view concert would have been in 1976, when all 4 Beatles were still alive. The group talked about it, and decided "no".
But in this recent interview Ringo said until John Lennon died in 1980, followed by George Harrison in 2001, he’d always been hopeful that The Beatles would reunite...and it seemed to be a possibility....but now nobody knows.
Ringo goes on to say that when they finished the Abbey Road album he didn't walk away thinking that’s the last album.... He didn’t think it would be the last time they’d ever tour together....
Happy 80th Birthday Ringo, and many more! Thanks for all the music.