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Latest news as of Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday, May 17, 2017
Studio where Ringo recorded is sold and ceases operation

Grandmaster Recorders, the storied Hollywood music studio that played host to many recording artists including Ringo Starr, has sold for $6.1 million to an investor, and ceased operation as a recording studio. The buyer of the two-story 1920-era building, formerly a silent movie theater, plans to turn it into restaurants or a bar.

Source: Curbed Los Angeles
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Monday, May 8, 2017
Update: Ringo Starr recording new album

We know Ringo is back in the studio because he's tweeted out a pic with yet another guest musician. This time it's fellow percussionist Sheila E. We previously had learned that Paul McCartney would also be guesting on the forthcoming album. The album, when released, will be Starr's first since 2015's Postcard from Paradise.

Source: Best Classic Bands
Thursday, May 4, 2017
Paul McCartney is the richest musician in the U.K.

According to the new edition of The Sunday Times Rich List, to be published this Sunday, Paul McCartney, with his wife Nancy Shevell, is the richest musician in the U.K., largely thanks to his continued live performances and online sales. Olivia and Dhani Harrison come in on the list at number 7, and Ringo Starr tied at number 8.

Source: Vintage Vinyl News
Wednesday, May 3, 2017
Magical Mystery Drum: The quest for Ringo's Ed Sullivan snare

Gary Astridge, The Beatles' drum archivist and gear curator, was finally able to solve a mystery that had been eating away at him since just about childhood: What's the full story behind Ringo's favorite snare? Any old antiques hunter would probably die empty–handed trying to find another snare that closely resembles Ringo's.

Source: Reverb
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.

Official Page  Source: Radio.com
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
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
Monday, February 23, 2015
New issue of Beatlefan highlights an All Starr

In honor of Ringo Starr's induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the newest issue of Beatlefan Magazine has special articles that include a couple of recent fan encounters, including how Ringo is himself a Beatles memorabilia collector. Also a new look at the various bass guitars Paul McCartney has played over the years.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Monday, December 29, 2014
Joe Cocker: The Beatles connections

Joe Cocker first came to fame in the UK in 1968 with his cover of With A Little Help From My Friends, and his performance of that song at Woodstock the following summer rocketed him to world fame. The Beatles were not always thrilled by some of the covers of their songs, but that was not the case with Joe.

Source: Beatles News
Tuesday, July 8, 2014
LA Beatles Tour guide helps fans reach out to Ringo on his birthday

Yesterday, July 7, 2014, was Ringo Starr's 74th birthday. To let him know how his fans feel on his birthday, Los Angeles Beatles Tour guide Gillian Lomax gathered birthday wishes for Ringo on twitter and combined them into a massive birthday card which she presented to Ringo by delivering it to his house in Beverly Hills today.

Source: Beatles News
Friday, December 20, 2013
Ringo talks about the Beatles and the Beeb in Beatlefan magazine

The new Beatlefan magazine includes an interview with Ringo Starr about his new "Photograph" book and the "Live at the BBC Vol. 2" album. "Those sessions were really immediate; there were no real overdubs of any sort. They'd tell us, 'We'd like you to be on this show and we'd like you to do 10 songs,' and we'd just say 'OK.'"

Source: Beatles News
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Video: Ringo Starr launches book in Hollywood

The unveiling of Ringo Starr's "Photograph," a book of Ringo's photo collection from the years when he was with the Beatles, was held in Hollywood yesterday, with Ringo Starr in attendance and a number of interesting guest speakers, including Dave Grohl from the Foo Fighters and Steve Gorman, drummer with the Counting Crows.

Source: Beatles News Blog
Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Ringo announces 13th All Starr Band tour for 2012

Today Ringo Starr announced his 13th All Starr Band, which will launch June 14 from Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ontario and conclude in July at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, California. New to the All Starrs are Steve Lukather and Gregg Rolie who will join All Starr alumni Richard Page, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, and Gregg Bissonette.

Source: Beatles News
Saturday, April 4, 2009
Beatles reunite at the Radio City Music Hall

The concert started at 7:40. Ringo was introduced shortly before 10pm. At about 10:30, Paul took the stage. Then the fun REALLY started. Paul introduced "Billy Shears" to the crowd and Ringo led the band through "With A Little Help From My Friends". With Ringo on lead vocal, and Paul providing the "response" portion. It was truly magical.

Source: Beatles News
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tickets go on sale Monday for Paul and Ringo at Radio City

Paul McCartney and special guests including Ringo Starr will perform at the David Lynch Foundation's benefit concert, "Change Begins Within," at Radio City Music Hall in New York on Saturday, April 4th, 7:30 p.m. David Lynch and other surprise guests will fill out the star-studded slate as presenters.

Source: Beatles News

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