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Latest news as of Thursday, April 27, 2017

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
Ringo Starr throws birthday brunch for charity

Ringo Starr is offering fans the chance of a lifetime, brunch with him on his 77th birthday. Fans can enter for their chance to win through a minimum $10 donation to the David Lynch Foundation through Omaze. The winner and a guest will be flown to Los Angeles on July 7 to join Ringo for brunch and birthday celebration at Capitol Records.

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Wednesday, April 19, 2017
Beatles biographer reveals Ringo tricked him into smoking cabbage leaves

Writer Hunter Davies has revealed he was once duped into smoking a joint that was made with cabbage leaves by Ringo Starr during the 18 months he spent with the group at the peak of their fame in the 1960s. He says, "I'd never taken any drugs my whole life..and puffed away for half-an-hour, but felt no different."

Source: The Scottish Sun
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Ringo thinks the Beatles are bigger than Justin

No one's bigger than The Beatles, not even Justin Bieber, according to Ringo Starr himself. The legendary drummer did dinner Tuesday night in Bel Air with ex-Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, who once played in Ringo's All-Starr Band. TMZ asked Ringo, if the Beatles and Bieber had both been around at the same time, who'd open for who?

Source: TMZ
Thursday, April 6, 2017
Dark Side of the Moon console will be used for recording again

The original recording console used on Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon which sold last week for over $2.4 million, will be used to record music again, according to its new owner. Used at Abbey Road Studios between 1971 and 1983, the console was also used to record by Paul McCartney & Wings, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.

Related Articles  Source: Exclaim!
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Gregg Rolie to be 22nd musician inducted twice into Rock Hall of Fame

Legendary keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Gregg Rolie will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in New York City on Friday. He was first inducted as a founding member of Santana, and now for this year's class, Journey, for whom he was the original lead singer. Gregg is currently touring with Ringo Starr's All Starr Band.

Source: Broadway World
Tuesday, April 4, 2017
Report: Ringo thinks upcoming Sgt. Pepper's reissue sounds great

A friend of Ringo Starr reports he has heard the updated Sgt. Pepper's and thinks it sounds great. He said Ringo was impressed after hearing it in high-def because "it originally was recorded on a 4-track with a lot of overdubs, which buried the drums. Now, the drums have been lifted and come through as they should. He was pleased."

Related Articles  Source: WJBD FM, Salem, IL
Monday, April 3, 2017
Video Flashback: Ringo and Buck Owens play cowboys in Act Naturally

Throughout their recording history, Ringo Starr created or contributed to only a handful of original songs in the Beatles' catalog, and all of them had a distinct country flavor. But it was Starr's vibrant take on Act Naturally by Buck Owens that would become one of the Beatles' drummer's most enduring tunes in live performance.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Ringo Starr Barbara Bach jewelry to be auctioned this weekend

An Estate Jewelry Show and Sale taking place this Friday and Saturday in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, will include jewelry that once belonged to the Beatles drummer Ringo Starr and his actress wife, Barbara Bach. The jewelry was auctioned when the couple sold their home in England, with auction proceeds going to charity.

Source: Oak Ridge Today, TN
Tuesday, March 28, 2017
Abbey Road console used by Pink Floyd sells for £1.4m

The Abbey Road Studios console which Pink Floyd used to record The Dark Side of the Moon has been sold for a record-breaking £1.4 million (about $1.8 million). The 1971 console was housed in Studio 2 where it was also used by a number of other world renowned artists including Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: ITV News, UK
Monday, March 27, 2017
Ringo Starr announces 2017 US dates with All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr announced today new fall tour dates with his All Starr Band. The tour will begin at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas. From there they head south with stops in Texas and Oklahoma and then east with stops in Florida, Georgia and Virginia, making their way north to New Jersey and New York, and more dates are to be added soon.

Full Concert Dates  Source: Best Classic Bands
Wednesday, March 22, 2017
Video Preview: Ringo's All Starr Band concert on AXS TV

A 2016 concert from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will premiere on AXS TV this Sunday, March 26, at 10 p.m. Eastern, 7 p.m. Pacific. Filmed at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, IN, on June 21, 2016, the concert features the band performing hit after hit. You can now watch Ringo sing Photograph from the performance online.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Tuesday, March 21, 2017
The Who's residency at Caesars in Vegas starts with six concerts

The Who, the British rock band that announced its first farewell tour in 1982, is back again, coming to Caesars Palace in Las Vegas for a residency starting with six shows this summer. Joining original rockers Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are Simon Townshend, Pete's brother, on guitar and vocals, and Ringo's son Zak Starkey on drums.

Source: Los Angeles Times
Thursday, March 16, 2017
Rent the flat George Harrison and Pattie Boyd shared with Ringo Starr

A Knightsbridge flat that was home to two of The Beatles is available to rent. Ringo Starr and George Harrison, along with Harrison's fiancée, Pattie Boyd, moved into Whaddon House, William Mews, in 1964 at the height of Beatlemania. Beatles manager Brian Epstein lived upstairs on the fifth floor.

Source: Homes & Property, UK
Friday, March 10, 2017
Concert cable TV channel to premiere Ringo Starr concert this month

AXS TV has announced the premiere of Ringo Starr and His 2016 All Starr Band on March 26. Featuring Todd Rundgren, Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, Mr. Mister bassist Richard Page, saxophonist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette, the concert was filmed in Fort Wayne, IN, last June.

Source: The Music Universe
Friday, March 3, 2017
Abbey Road recording console goes up for auction

A custom-made Abbey Road Studios console used to record Pink Floyd's The Dark Side of the Moon is going up for auction in New York later this month. Installed in Abbey Road's iconic Studio Two between 1971 and 1983, it was also used by other pop and rock greats such as Paul McCartney and Wings, George Harrison and Ringo Starr.

Related Articles  Source: Audio Media International
Thursday, March 2, 2017
Inside George Harrison's newly expanded memoir

Olivia Harrison's ongoing mission to excavate, catalog and share the long musical history of her husband is never-ending, and now comes the expanded reissue of his 1980 book, I Me Mine, a casually intimate memoir. The book includes a handful of lyrics never recorded, including something from the early seventies called "Hey Ringo."

Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Monday, February 20, 2017
Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr reunite to record together in studio

Former Beatles bandmates Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited in the studio this weekend to record new music together, the drummer revealed on social media. "Thanks for coming over and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love," Starr wrote alongside a photo of him and McCartney in the studio.

Source: Rolling Stone
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Pics: Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and Tom Hanks spotted in Santa Monica

On Wednesday, former Beatles members Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr reunited for a night out with pals Tom Hanks and Joe Walsh, as well as their respective wives at the lavish Giorgio Baldi restaurant in Santa Monica. They were joined by Joe Walsh and his wife, who is Ringo's wife Barbara Bach's sister.

Source: The Daily Mail, UK
Monday, February 13, 2017
Tom Petty remembers meeting George Harrison and Ringo Starr

Last night, Tom Petty was given the MusiCares Person of the Year Award in Los Angeles. During his speech, he told a story about the night he met George Harrison and Ringo Starr, working with Leon Russell in 1974. "The first session, in comes George Harrison and Ringo. They didn't need any words, those cats were so cool, you know."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock
Not the Best idea

Sometimes it's not a good thing to get sick and miss work. Ringo Starr appeared with The Beatles at Liverpool's Cavern Club 55 years ago this month, when their regular drummer, Pete Best, was taken ill. The Beatles, especially Paul McCartney, liked Ringo's playing and asked Ringo six months later to replace Pete on drums.

Source: Business Lessons From Rock
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Is Ringo recording a new album with Peter Frampton?

Ringo Starr posted this on Twitter on Monday: "Back in the studio with the great Peter Frampton thanks for the great day Pete Peace and love," along with a picture of Ringo and Frampton together. Ringo told Billboard last June that he was recording a new studio album for 2017, but there was no mention at the time of Peter Frampton.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Friday, January 20, 2017
The Beatles rock Madison Square Garden thanks to Australian drummer

At a recent half-time show for the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden, drummer Kye Smith played his Beatles drum chronology, which showcased the Fab Four's entire career by playing a short excerpt of every one of Ringo's drum tracks. His 5 Minute Beatles Drum Chronology can be viewed on YouTube.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Ringo Starr's peace song to be available as free download

"Now the Time Has Come," a song featuring Ringo Starr that debuted last September for the annual International Day of Peace, will be available as a free download for the first time tomorrow. Peace Day is observed around the world each year on Sept. 21. Ringo has celebrated "peace and love" annually since 2008 on his July 7 birthday.

Source: Billboard
Monday, January 2, 2017
Ringo Starr is an Alabama fan, apparently

How Liverpudlian Ringo Starr became a fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide is unknown, but he obviously likes them enough to take time out of his New Year's Eve to tweet, "Roll Tide peace and love" with a picture of himself wearing an Alabama Crimson Tide t-shirt, as Alabama advanced to the College Football Playoff final.

Source: CBS Sports
Monday, December 12, 2016
Ringo Starr presents MoPOP Founders Award to Joe Walsh

As snow swirled in Seattle, rocker Joe Walsh was feted by the likes of Ringo Starr, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins of the Foo Fighters, guitar marvel Kenny Wayne Shepherd and rocker and producer Todd Rundgren as he received The Founders Award at the Museum of POP Culture. The award was presented to him by Starr.

Source: Seattle Times
Thursday, December 8, 2016
Greg Lake of Emerson, Lake and Palmer dies

Guitarist Greg Lake of the band Emerson, Lake and Palmer has died. Lake was a founding member of King Crimson before he met Keith Emerson and eventually drummer Carl Palmer to form Emerson, Lake and Palmer. Gregg also toured with Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band. His death was announced on his website.

Source: WSB TV
Wednesday, November 30, 2016
UK pirate radio DJ legend pens autobiography

The autobiography of DJ Tony Prince will be released tomorrow. It tells Prince's story from both sides of the Iron Curtain, as a DJ on Radio Caroline followed by his involvement at Radio Luxembourg after the Russian invasion. In the book he tells of his meeting Elvis Presley and singing with Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr.

Source: Oldham Chronicle, UK
Thursday, November 24, 2016
Concert Review: Ringo Starr in Thousand Oaks

Everyone should see a Beatle once in their life. On Nov. 11 at the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza's Fred Kavli Theatre, the group thrilled an enthusiastic capacity crowd of aging baby boomers and younger fans eager to see a Beatle in the flesh. At 76, Starr is far more spry and youthful-looking than his much younger band mates.

Source: The Acorn, Agoura Hills, CA
Wednesday, November 23, 2016
Ringo Starr donates pair of glasses to charity event

Ringo Starr has announced on his official website that he has donated a pair of his glasses to Sight Savers #SpecsAppeal to help people with blindness and disability. Bidding starts on eBay this Friday and runs for 10 days. Other celebs who have donated glasses include Daniel Radcliffe, Stephen Fry, Kate Moss, will.i.am and Meryl Streep.

Source: RingoStarr.com
Tuesday, November 22, 2016
Pictures show work finally underway on Liverpool's Welsh Streets Warning: Page opens with sound

Images in the Liverpool Echo show how the refurbishment of the Welsh Streets is taking shape as work finally gets underway on the site. The work comes after a decision by former communities secretary Eric Pickles to reject council bosses' previous plans to demolish the properties, which include the childhood home of Ringo Starr.

Source: Liverpool Echo
Friday, November 18, 2016
DVD Bonus Clip: Paul and Ringo recall standing up to George Martin

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr recall a pivotal moment in Beatles history when the group insisted upon writing and recording their own songs instead of the song "How Do You Do It" that George Martin suggested, in a bonus clip from the deluxe edition of Ron Howard's documentary, Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years.

More: Video  Related Articles  Source: Rolling Stone
Video: Ringo Starr on his first Ludwig drum kit

Ringo Starr is synonymous with the drum brand Ludwig, and hearing him recount his first Ludwig is equal parts heartwarming and funny. Starr told the story to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the video now streaming on the internet, and talks about how as a young kid from Liverpool, he loved anything American.

Source: KKLZ FM, Las Vegas
Thursday, November 17, 2016
Review: Ringo Starr does his legacy proud in Arizona

At the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Tuesday, the Ringo charm that made him stand out from the other Beatles even in the early '60s was in full effect. He clearly hung onto the spotlight for more songs on the rotating stage than he ever could have managed in the course of an actual Beatles performance.

Source: The Arizona Republic
Wednesday, November 16, 2016
Bay City Rollers on their encounters with The Beatles Warning: Page opens with sound

In a new interview, Woody of The Bay City Rollers said, "One time in Los Angeles we were driving into the Beverly Hills Hotel the wrong way. "He [Ringo Starr] just looked and shook his head and said, 'Those Roller boys' before making a face. He knew what we were going through. He was a bit older and had been through all that."

Source: The Express, UK
Friday, November 11, 2016
Ringo Starr entertains the idea of a run on Las Vegas Strip

Ringo Starr has talked of the rock show he could host on the Strip. He says he has the title at the ready, and he already lives in the neighborhood. But such a show would need a band, and an extended gig for the All-Starrs would be a problem, because of the logistics of getting all the All-Starrs to be available at the same time.

Source: Las Vegas Review Journal
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Hear Zak Starkey team up with Eddie Vedder for a Bob Marley cover

Zak Starkey, son of Ringo Starr, is an accomplished musician in his own right, he's played for the Who, Oasis and Johnny Marr. Now he and Sssh Liguz set to drop a star-studded version of the Bob Marley classic "Get Up Stand Up" featuring members of the Sex Pistols, Marilyn Manson, Amy Winehouse's band and more.

Source: Exclaim, Canada
Monday, November 7, 2016
10 reasons Ringo Starr was the most important Beatle

If you want to learn how much someone doesn't know about music, ask them about the importance of Ringo Starr to the Beatles. If they cast Ringo as the bit player in the Beatles, you know they're missing the big picture and only assessing the vocal and songwriting prowess of the other three against Don't Pass Me By and Octopus's Garden.

Source: Phoenix New Times
Thursday, November 3, 2016
Ringo Starr and Yoko Ono join stars in refugee aid video

Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Bruce Springsteen, Peter Gabriel, Brian Wilson, Sting, Iggy Pop and more than 175 other rock legends have united to declare "We Are Not Afraid" in a video promoting the titular global campaign, to raise funds for the refugee crisis and victims of religious and political violence.

Source: Rolling Stone
Wednesday, November 2, 2016
Blindman: The story behind a drunk Beatle's Spaghetti Western

After the Beatles, Ringo Starr acted in Candy, The Magic Christian, and with Frank Zappa in 200 Motels, but he yearned to expand his range beyond comedic parts. Which is how, four months later, he found himself playing a cowboy in Blindman, a Spaghetti Western directed by Ferdinando Baldi, which will be released on DVD on Friday.

Source: Rolling Stone
Tuesday, November 1, 2016
Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band to perform in Korea

Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band will play in Seoul as part of his world tour on Saturday at Korea's largest concert venue, Jamsil Stadium in southeastern Seoul. It is Ringo's first event ever in the country in his 54-year career. Starr is the second Beatle to come to Korea, after Paul McCartney played there last year.

Source: The Korea Times
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
Website giving away last year's Top 3 Beatles releases

Beatles DJ Ken Michaels has expanded the trivia page on his web site to include a list of one of 9 amazing prizes. Fans can now win one of the Top 3 music releases for Beatles fans for 2015, Ringo Starr's "Postcards From Paradise," Paul McCartney's latest remasters "Tug Of War" and "Pipes Of Peace," and the "Beatles 1 (CD + DVD.)"

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, July 29, 2015
Two Ringo Starr radio specials now streaming online

Two of Beatles talk show host Ken Michaels' recent live broadcasts celebrating Ringo Starr's 75th birthday are now available online, a 2-hour birthday show, highlighted by a 30-minute set of Ringo's collaborations and a "Ringo Starr Album Sampler" in which he featured one song each from all 18 Ringo studio albums in chronological order.

Source: Beatles News Blog

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