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IS RINGO STARR’S NEW ALBUM HIS LAST?

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Recently, Ringo Starr released What’s My Name, which stands as his twentieth studio album. Ringo stated that it may be his last. Here are the details behind what might be Ringo’s swan song.

What’s My Name is a fairly lean album – a stark contrast to long and demanding Beatles classics. Ringo recorded the album in a home studio, which he felt was better for him, his collaborators, and the sound of the music. The album also includes a stirring tribute to the magic of music called “Thank God for the Music.”

Over the course of its 34 minutes, the album manages to work in two nostalgic throwbacks to the Beatles. One is “I Want Money,” a cover of a Motown hit that was previously recorded by the Fab Four. The other is “Grow Old with Me,” which could be considered the final Beatles collaboration. The song is sung by Ringo, was written by John Lennon, includes instrumentation by Paul McCartney, and production by Jack Douglas which was intentionally reminiscent of George Harrison’s solo music.

Ringo told Joe Scarborough that he currently intends for What’s My Name to be his final album, though he would not be adverse to releasing new music. He told Scarborough that he would be more interested in releasing small EP in the future rather than full albums. Scarborough was shocked by this admission.

Over the past 45 years, Ringo has produced albums in various genres, including pop, rock, country, soul, funk, and disco. Ringo also became the first and only former Beatle to release a Christmas album when he released I Wanna Be Santa Claus in 1999.
In addition to his wide array of albums, Ringo can also take pride in his commercial accomplishments. In 1973, he produced two number-one hit singles: “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen.” Much like “Grow Old with Me,” “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen” were Beatles reunions in some way. “Photograph” was co-written by George while “You’re Sixteen” includes instrumentation by Paul.

Ringo has a greater musical legacy than just about any other drummer.


RINGO STARR SAYS NEW ALBUM LIKELY TO BE HIS LAST

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“I do feel that that’s my last album. 10 track album, that’s it. Last one.”

Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr talks about his recording process, stories from his new book, and why his new album likely to be his last.

Ringo discusses the inspiration behind ‘Octopus’s Garden,’ a tune he sings on ‘Abbey Road.’ Starr also discusses his current recording process, why he wants his current album to be his last and stories from his new book.

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RINGO STARR: “I NEVER PRACTISE”

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Ringo Starr has said he “never” practises the drums on his own, preferring to play with other people.

It seems “never practising” for Starr applies to just solitary playing, as he has been quite busy lately – recently releasing the album What’s My Name on 25 October this year.

Starr made the statement in Rolling Stone’s latest Artist on Artist interview, where has speaking to fellow drummer and Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl. Grohl echoed Starr’s opinion, saying “I don’t like playing alone. I only like playing when there’s music.”

Ringo went on to joke about the negative influence too many formal lessons, saying “when I’m doing shows, and people hold up their little seven-year-old: ‘This is Tommy. He loves you, and he’s taking drum lessons.’ And I always say, ‘I hope he’s not taking too many!’”. The pair’s extensive conversation also touched on shared influences, the development of Beatles songs’ themes and what Starr thought when he first heard Nirvana.
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RINGO STARR GIVES US ANOTHER PEEK BEHIND THE CURTAIN WITH NEW BOOK

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It’s easy to imagine that Ringo Starr’s closet is full of shoe boxes containing old mementos, like the photographs that populate Another Day In The Life, his newest book. The reality is a bit different though.
“If I’m in them, I just lift them off the internet,” he says. “Others are what I do on tour when I’m hanging out.”

In addition to playing drums, Ringo likes taking photos and making art. He puts out these books — a mix of coffee table decor and memoir — for charity, and they all have a scrapbook feeling, with funny notes in the margins. Another Day In The Life holds over 500 photographs, a combination of images shot by Ringo and bits pulled from The Beatles’ archives.

Ringo spoke to NPR’s Rachel Martin about his new book, including returning to The Plaza Hotel 50 years after The Beatles’ first visit, smoking cigars with George Harrison at the film premiere of A Hard Day’s Night and the story behind the Abbey Road album cover. Hear their conversation at the audio link.


RINGO STARR ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2020 ALL STARR BAND TOUR

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Ringo Starr has rolled out dates for a 2020 tour with his All Starr Band. It kicks off May 29th at the Casino Rama in Ontario and wraps up June 28th at the Ruth Eckerd Hall in Clearwater, Florida.

Once again, the group will feature long-time members Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart.

Here are the complete tour dates for Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band.

May 29th – Rama, Ontario @ Casino Rama
May 30th – Rama, Ontario @ Casino Rama
June 2nd – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
June 3rd – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
June 5th – New York, NY @ Beacon Theater
June 9th – Bangor, ME @ Cross Insurance Center (with the Avett Brothers)
June 10th – Boston, MA @ Boch Center Wang Theatre (with the Avett Brothers)
June 11th – Gilford, NH @ Bank of NH Pavilion
June 13th – Providence, RI @ Providence Performing Arts Center
June 14th – Asbury Park, NJ @ Paramount Theatre
June 16th – Baltimore, MD @ Modell Lyric Theatre
June 17th – Baltimore, MD@ Modell Lyric Theatre
June 19th – Lenox, MA @ Tanglewood
June 20th – Pittsburgh, PA @ PPG Paints Arena
June 21st – Philadelphia, PA @ Metropolitan Opera House
June 23rd – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Centr
June 24th – Atlanta, GA @ Cobb Energy Centre
June 26th – St Augustine, FL @ St Augustine Amphitheatre
June 27th – Hollywood, FL @ Hard Rock Casino
June 28th – Clearwater, FL @ Ruth Eckerd Hall


PEACE AND LOVE’ SCULPTURE BY RINGO STARR – PUBLIC ART DEDICATION

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Ringo Starr unveils his peace and love sculpture in Beverly Hills, California. Ringo attends a public art dedication for his donated sculpture “Peace and Love” at Beverly Gardens Park.