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Ringo has been spending the Covid-19 lockdown recording music, painting and keeping fit at the Los Angeles home he shares with his wife, Barbara Bach, 73, but he’s ready to play some shows with his All Star Band now.

Speaking to the Daily Mirror newspaper, Ringo admitted: “I like to do stuff, so I’m just doing stuff. I have a little guest house here and it’s now my studio. It’s been my studio for the last 10 years.This time it was a little awkward because people were getting tested to come and play. Or, if they had a studio, they could play in their own place. So that took the pressure off the lockdown a little because I was drumming and singing and hanging out with musicians.

“I do go to the gym quite a lot. And also I took half of the gym, now that’s where my paint studio is.

“So I can make a mess without Barbara getting crazy.”

Ringo and his bandmates are due to hit the road in June, though it’s uncertain if those gigs will go ahead amid the global coronavirus pandemic.

The legendary sticksman has also teamed up with Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl and more on his upcoming EP, ‘Zoom In’.

Ringo recently unveiled the track-listing for the star-studded five-track collection and released the lead single, ‘Here’s To The Nights’, which was co-written by songwriter to the stars Diane Warren.

The All Star EP also features guest vocals from the likes of Billie Eilish’s brother, FINNEAS, Lenny Kravitz, Jenny Lewis, Chris Stapleton and Corinne Bailey Rae.

He said: “When Diane presented this song to me I loved the sentiment of it. This is the kind of song we all want to sing along to, and it was so great how many wonderful musicians joined in. I wanted it out in time for New Years because it feels like a good song to end a tough year on. So here’s to the nights we won’t remember and the friends we won’t forget – and I am wishing everyone peace and love for 2021.”

The EP was recorded at his home studio between April and October 2020, and arrives on March 19, 2021.

Ringo’s last solo album was 2019’s ‘What’s My Name’.



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Ringo Starr has been discussing his current relationship with Paul McCartney, explaining his feelings of joy in being able to still perform live together. The two iconic rockstars have shared the stage a handful of times in recent years before heading back into the studio on a collaborative solo Starr project.

Ringo opens up about performing live with Paul McCartney: “It lifts everything, in a joyous way”

Reflecting on their relationship in 2021, Ringo said: “I love that, getting up with him”. “We did it at the O2 in England [in 2018]. And then he called me and he said, ‘I’m doing Dodger Stadium, if you want to do a few numbers’.”

He added: “So he picked three numbers, and I got up and went down there. And it’s magic for the audience as well as us. I love playing with him.

“The audience is like, ‘Oh, there’s two of them! Wow’. It lifts everything, in a joyous way. So, yeah, I had a great time.”

Ringo remains close friends with Paul despite their changing landscape: “We’re still pals,” he said of their relationship.

“We don’t hang out with each other a lot. But if we’re in the same country, and if we’re in the same town we always have a dinner, and we say hi or he comes over here or I go over to his house.”


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Olivia Harrison has revealed that she is hospitalized with Covid-19 but is on the mend. In a post to her Instagram, the 72-year-old widow of George Harrison even displayed a bit of humor, writing that she was redesigning her hospital room curtain. The sole image was of the curtain tied in a bow at the undisclosed London hospital.

Olivia Harrison was born on May 18, 1948. She and George wed in 1979 a month before she gave birth to their son, Dhani, who is now 42 and a musician.

Her brief note on Instagram said, “Redesigning my hospital room curtain. Unlucky to get covid but on the mend. Gratitude to all the selfless carers.”

Among those wishing her well on her post was longtime music host for the BBC, “Whispering Bob” Harris, who wrote, “I’m so sorry to know you’re unwell. Stout heart. Sending you fondest love x.”


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Antiques Roadshow expert Marc Allum was blown away when he had to give the value of a helmet which had previously been worn by Beatles legend, John Lennon, and the price of the relic was quite astonishing.

Antiques Roadshow star Marc was on hand to help a guest, who had brought along the police helmet which had belonged to their late father. The connection to The Beatles was explained as the daughter of the former police officer said Lennon wore the security headgear when the band were performing at the Birmingham Hippodrome in 1963. However, it seems the BBC show expert thought the headpiece was worth a lot more because it was worn by John Lennon.

The guest told Marc: “They had to get them through the screaming girls and they didn’t know quite how they were going to do it.

“The sergeant had the wonderful idea of, why don’t you put helmets on them and make them look like policemen and we’ll get them through the girls.

“John Lennon wore my father’s helmet. The paparazzi were out and took pictures. They took them into the theatre without any problems.”

Expert Marc said: “It’s a story that’s gone down in pop legend really and we’re talking about the height of Beatlemania here.”

“What was wonderful was that the Beatles were so easygoing at that time when it was so much fun,” the daughter of the late police officer added.

“My father told us they were great company and the inspector who was in charge of them invited them round for tea,” she explained.

Astonished by the story behind the helmet, the expert said: “This is an object with a great deal of provenance.

“Here we have John Lennon in the middle doing the policeman salute,” he continued, referring to a picture on show.

“This is the actual helmet in that photograph on John Lennon’s head,” Marc added, excited by the prospect about how much it would be valued.

“I can’t help feeling this helmet has a bit of John Lennon DNA on it and that’s what makes it so special,” the expert declared.

“It’s a really difficult one, collecting Beatles memorabilia is still a really hot area,” he added, explaining there is a lot out there, possibly curtailing the value of the relic.

Having analysed the piece with great depth, the Antiques Roadshow star then declared how much he thinks the helmet would be bought for.

“I know you’re unlikely to sell it but I’m going to have a go at putting a good value on it because I think if this came up at a pop and rock memorabilia auction, it would go for between £5,000-8,000.”

The guest was quite happy with the news and those watching the scenes unfold at home took to Twitter to voice their own comments.

One viewer wrote on Twitter: “If that helmet has John Lennon’s DNA on it, it will need a good clean before it goes to auction #antiquesroadshow.”

Another added: “John Lennon’s DNA? Ewww! #AntiquesRoadshow,” with a third posting: “Helmet with John Lennon’s DNA on it. Quite. #antiquesroadshow.”

Whilst a fourth commented on the social media platform: “I never thought Lennon’s helmet would be on the show #antiquesroadshow.”

This episode was the first to air with coronavirus safety measures in place as the experts and guests were seen standing two meters apart from one another.

Explaining the changes to the show, host Fiona Bruce, 56 said: “Rather than have 5,000 people turn up, we have asked people to write in about the articles they’ve got, then gone through that list.

“We generally film about 70 objects and get two programmes out of that.

“We invite people to come along and they bring their families or the people they bubble with, so in one sense there will still be a crowd,” she told Radio Times.