As part of his major new photographic project, Alistair Morrison looks past the lens at the remarkable portraits of 12 men whose legacy will long survive them: “We needed both Beatles for this, so we approached Paul and Ringo. The Who were playing at the Desert Trip festival and they’d arranged for me to have a designated studio backstage. Paul was there, so we made it easy – I met him outside the McCartney compound and I walked him down to the studio. There’s a jovial nature that you can see in him, in the way you could see throughout the Sixties, and that humour was prevalent. But I was conscious that he was about to go on stage. The only thing that slightly bothered me was that he had a lozenge, obviously for his voice, so a lot of pictures had him sucking on this lozenge. But really, what am I going to say? ‘Paul, I know you’re on stage in a minute, but can you take the lozenge out?'” said.
“Ringo is traditionally the joker in the pack, but he’s such an embracing guy, to the extent that you would never, ever think that he’s not back in the Sixties. He’s still got that enthusiasm. He’s never got a bad word for anybody. Life is great around Ringo. Peace and love! This was done in his garage in LA. And that is the beauty of the man: we needed a space and he said, ‘Come in, guys.'”
Stella McCartney held an epic, music-filled fun fest Tuesday night in Hollywood with a performance by none other than dad Paul (who joined Dr. Pepper’s Jaded Hearts Club Band onstage for a banging rendition of “Helter Skelter”).
Held at the iconic SIR (Studio Instrument Rentals) Studios in Hollywood, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year, the event was a celebration of the fashion designer’s men’s and women’s autumn/winter 2018 collections, that had models dancing onstage and rocking out to performers Leon Bridges, St. Vincent, Beck, Grimes and more.
The crowd was art, fashion, Hollywood and music world heavy. Paul greeted Ringo with a hearty hug. Kiernan Shipka and Selma Blair, twinning in African print dresses and platform brogues from the designer’s spring collection, were all smiles near the neon “Stella” letters that greeted guests at the entrance, while stylist Karla Welch took in the timely Time’s Up neon sign with Amy Poehler down the hall.
David Hockney was roaming the neon-filled rooms with stylist George Blodwell (the stripe-loving Brit-Cal artist whose blockbuster retrospective is coming to L.A. next year has known Stella since she was a girl, he said), and TV writer Maria Bell was decked out in Stella’s latest collection pieces designed in collaboration with one of her favorite artists, Urs Fischer.
At the power table to the left of the stage, Stella held court with her dad, Ringo, David Lynch, Hockney and more,she was as excited as anyone else to see the rock n’ roll legends in the room, darting away to say hello to one of her faves. “The thing is, I’m so comfortable in a rock n’ roll environment, possibly more comfortable than in a fashion environment, that when I see the guitarist for the Foo Fighters I’m like, ah!,” she said. “I love his name is Pat Smear. I’m like, I get it! I know what you’re doing.”“For us, any historical music location in L.A. is somewhere we feel very at home,” she said, adding, “And all my friends seem to have moved here.” (Two years ago, the designer hosted a collection preview and party at Amoeba Records in Hollywood.)
On the Time’s Up initiative, the famously animal rights and sustainability-minded designer said, “Equality is such a big thing for me, and finding courage for men and women to be equal. Next is the fashion industry, we are all in this together.”
In the back room lined with glass cases full of hot guitars and horns, Stella showed her men’s and women’s collections on groups of models, while stars sipped “Paul McCartney’s favorite margaritas” (made with Casa Dragones tequila). Katy Perry posed with silver-haired model (and mother of Elon) Maye Musk, while stylist Jeanne Yang admired the white Stella leisure suit worn by BORNS. “He’s like the next David Bowie,” she said of the 26-year-old pop singer’s style.
Among the collection’s ath-boudoir fashion hits were Adidas Originals sports jerseys rendered in black lace, lacy slip dresses and party-ready jumpsuits, fugly Dad sneakers (they are all the rage) and a clutch with the cheeky slogan, “No Smile, No Service.” The women’s collection will be in stores in May, with the men’s following in June. Beck took the stage a little after 11 p.m. with the Compton Kidz Club choir, leading them in a rendition of “Like A Ship Without A Sail,” before moving into a song for Stella. “Let’s pretend it’s her prom,” he joked, crooning, “I Only Have Eyes For You.” Indeed.
A single U.S. date was added to the schedule. They’ll be performing at the Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa in Atlantic, NJ. (See complete dates below.)
Re-joining the All Starr Band for the 2018 dates is Colin Hay. The former Men at Work frontman previously performed with the lineup in 2008. Joining for the first time is 10cc co-founder Graham Gouldman. In addition to co-writing the 10cc songs “I’m Not in Love” and “The Things We Do For Love,” Gouldman penned such British Invasion hits as the Hollies’ “Bus Stop” and the Yardbirds’ “For Your Love,” among many others. Continuing with the All Starr Band are Santana/Journey star Gregg Rolie, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.
Ringo recently released a new album, Give More Love, with a little help from his friends Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Timothy B. Schmit, Lukather, Richard Page and others.
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band 2018 Tour Dates:
June 02 – Atlantic City, NJ – Borgata Hotel Casino and Spa 8pm (Tickets HERE)
June 06 – Paris, France – L’Olympia
June 08 – Grolloo, Netherlands – Holland Blues Festival
June 09 – Flensberg, Germany – Flens Arena
June 10 – Hamburg, Germany – StadPark
June 13 – Helsinki, Finland – Kaisaniemi Park
June 15 – Horsens, Denmark – Lunden
June 16 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
June 17 – Zwickau, Germany – Stadhalle
June 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Congress Hall
June 20 – Vienna, Austria – Stadhalle
June 23 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Menorah Arena
June 24 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Menorah Arena
June 26 – Barcelona, Spain – St. Jordi Club
June 28 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center
June 29 – La Caruna, Spain – Coliseum
July 01 – Bilbao, Spain – Bizkia Arena
July 04 – Luxembourg, Belgium – Rockhal
July 06 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Sporting Complex
July 08 – Lucca, Italy – Piazza Napoleone
July 09 – Marostica, Italy – Piazza Degli Scacchi
July 11 – Rome, Italy – Auditorium Cavea
This spring marks five years since the publication of PHOTOGRAPH by Ringo Starr, the fastest-selling book Genesis has published, and the PHOTOGRAPH Portfolio 2013. The Portfolio introduced Ringo’s photographs as a series of museum-quality prints that were exhibited worldwide from Sydney to Los Angeles.
Now, Genesis is opening its doors to present the entire collection in full, marking the official unveiling of the PHOTOGRAPH Portfolio 2018. Visitors will see the prints displayed together for the first time, and be able to acquire rarities from previous years, as well as discovering Ringo’s latest photography. Only one or two copy numbers remain available from Ringo’s early editions, offering a last chance to obtain highly collectible artworks.
This show will open at Genesis House in February 2018.The exhibit will be open to view by appointment, weekdays from Monday February 5th onwards.
You can order from the PHOTOGRAPH … H E R E .
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