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Ringo is delighted with the new documentary The Beatles: Get Back.
Ringo reckons people were presented with an image that the four youthful pals had turned on each other. He has long been unhappy that fans felt the band were at each other’s throats recording the Let it Be album, as portrayed in the Let It Be film 51 years ago. Ringo is overjoyed Oscar-winning director Peter Jackson has recut a new version, this time serving up more of “the joy and laughter” between members.

Ringo said: “The point I am trying to make was from day one, 30 days later, no matter what happened we had an album, we did the show on the roof and did all this video.
“There is no doubt of the record and we did have a few ups and downs, but that is what life is all about.

“First of all I never liked the film that came out. It was always [centred] around four seconds of a month. I thought there was no joy and no laughter, and I was telling Peter Jackson this.”
He added: “We found 56 hours of unused footage.”

Ringo is delighted with the new version, which will air on Disney+ over three nights in November.

He said: “Peter started putting it together then he’d fly into LA and show me pieces of it.
“We were laughing, we were lads. But to get back to the original one, there was a discussion and there were four guys in a room for a month, that had up days, down days, music days. But the music never, ever once got lost in what we were doing.

“It was the first time we went in the studio, especially George and I, and John did not have any songs and Paul didn’t have any songs.

“Usually they had two or three, so we could start. So there was a whole discussion. But when you look at it, it’s a six-hour documentary and it is like the ocean, the waves of joy and ‘Oh what is that going on?’

“Laughter and playing great. We never stopped loving each other. Once we heard the count in… whatever was going on, everybody did their best.”

Ringo spoke of his emotions and revealed how the finale of the film with the band’s final concert on Apple’s roof was a matter of convenience.

Ringo said: “The Beatles on the roof – India was pushed forward or maybe somewhere in Rome, on Everest, or Egypt in a mummy’s tomb. Paul said, ‘let’s just walk across the road’.

“And now it has become the biggest icon known to man.”

Recently Ringo revealed fans will finally be able to see their entire farewell concert. Mr Lindsay-Hogg has defended his original film’s ­narrative, which charted the last studio sessions together before the band split up.

He said: “I was aware that they were beginning to get on each other’s nerves.”

The director sensed the tension building and positioned his cameras so the drama could unfold naturally.
He added: “I didn’t want them to feel the cameras were intrusive.

“I put one camera up in the gantry shooting down, so they didn’t see it. I moved the other back to the end of the studio. So they didn’t really know the cameras were there, which gave them the opportunity to get it off their chest.”

Ringo is releasing a lead single Let’s Change The World, written by Toto bandmates Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather.
Change The World is released through uMusic on September 24

The Beatles: Get Back will debut on Disney+ on 25, 26 and 27 November, 2021


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Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr took to media on Tuesday to honor the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, who died at 80 today.

Paul and Ringo took to media today to honor the Rolling Stones’ Charlie Watts, who died at 80 on Tuesday.

“So sad to hear about Charlie Watts, the Stones drummer dying,” Paul McCartney said. “He was a lovely guy, and I knew he was ill, but I didn’t know he was this ill. So lots of love to his family, his wife and kids, his extended family. And condolences to the Stones, it will be a huge blow to them because Charlie was a rock. A fantastic drummer, steady as a rock. Love you Charlie. I’ve always loved you, beautiful man. Great condolences and sympathies to his family.”

Ringo Starr added on his own Twitter: “God bless Charlie Watts. We’re going to miss you, man. Peace and love to the family.”

Tributes have poured in following news of the drummer’s death, from Elton John (“The most stylish of men, and such brilliant company”) to Graham Nash (“Charlie Watts was the heartbeat of the Rolling Stones”).

His death comes weeks after the Stones announced Watt wouldn’t be participating in the upcoming No Filter tour, which kicks off in late September. “For once, my timing has been a little off,” he joked.


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Don Everly of the influential early rock ‘n’ roll duo The Everly Brothers died Saturday at his home in Nashville at the age of 84. In the wake of his passing, musicians who were inspired by the duo’s music have taken to social media to post tribute messages in Don’s honor.

Ringo Starr posted an homage to Don and his younger brother and band mate, Phil, who died in 2014, on his Twitter that reads, “God bless Don and Phil the Everly brothers we loved them peace and love.” The message is accompanied by a vintage photos of The Beatles and The Everly Brothers together.

Founding Beach Boys member Brian Wilson also paid tribute to Don on his Twitter page. “I’m sad to hear about Don Everly passing,” Wilson wrote. “The Everly Brothers were a big influence on us and we learned a lot from their beautiful harmonies. Love & mercy to Don’s family.”

Meanwhile, Peter Frampton tweeted, “I am so sad to hear about the loss of Don Everly. Both Phil and Don created songs and harmonies that changed music forever. You will be together again now. RIP Don and Phil.”

Here are tributes from some other notable music artists:

Rock ‘n’ roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis: “The Everly Brothers are integral to the fabric of American music. Very few of us can say we were around at the beginning, and even fewer can say we’re still here. With my friend Don’s passing, I am reflective…reflective on a life full of wonderful friends, spectacular music and fond memories…God Bless Don Everly and long live Rock and Roll music.”

Don McLean: “I met the Everly Brothers in 1969 and asked them about Buddy Holly. Phil said Buddy took the plane so he could do his laundry. I think Buddy had other laundry to do as well. This started my thinking for ‘American Pie’ which I wrote later. Additionally, Don was a great lead singer and unique rhythm guitar player.”

Kinks guitarist Dave Davies: “Very sad day. Both of the Everlys were part of my musical life growing up. We were inspired by their wonderful records and their singing and their voices. ‘Wake Up Little [Susie]’ was my favorite as a kid.”

David Crosby: “[The Everly Brothers were the first] people who made me really love harmony…'[All I Have to Do Is] Dream.’”



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The casting director who’s put out an appeal to find ‘Ringo Starr’ for the new Epstein biopic, Midas Man, says he would love to find him in Liverpool.

Dan Hubbard, head of Dan Hubbard Casting, says the successful person doesn’t have to be a trained actor, but ‘it has to be someone who’s up for it’.

Dan says: “Ringo was a one-off. There’s no other face out there like Ringo. He’s got quite a characterful nose…
“But it’s that inventive, bubbly, sharp-witted personality. He’s non-threatening, he would charm anyone, that was his role in the group, and the audience is going to want to immediately fall in love with whoever plays Ringo.
“For me, personally, I would love it if we could find him in Liverpool.”

He adds: “I am very familiar with the city, it’s my second home, and I have got lots of friends and people I know there, so it’s very important for me to get it right – because I know I’ll be lynched if I don’t!”

Queen’s Gambit star Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is set to play Brian Epstein in the film about the legendary Beatles manager.
Described as an ‘emotional, witty, heartfelt story of the joy of success and the terrifying pressures of unspeakable risk and unfulfilled desire’ by its producers, Midas Man will tell the story of the Liverpudlian record-shop manager with a talent for forecasting hits and spotting future stars.

Epstein discovered The Beatles – he was referred by Paul McCartney as ‘the fifth Beatle’ – and signed them in 1961; and he also found Cilla Black and others like Billy J Kramer. He also opened his own theatre to promote and launch people like Jimi Hendrix and the Who.

Dan says they have already got the other Beatles and Pete Best, too, and says he is ‘really excited’ about them: “They are brilliant.”
But now the search is on for The Beatles’ drummer and Dan has launched the search for someone, perhaps an actor but perhaps not, who’s 19-25 to play him.
He wants to hear from anyone who is from the city ‘or able to do the accent very well’, and who can perhaps even play drums or has ‘any drumming experience’.

Dan, who says he has come close to finding Ringo in the past, says: “As a unit, they have got to work. If I get it wrong I will be in trouble. It would be nice if we could find a drummer, a musician, who’s up for a bit of acting.
“He wouldn’t have as much to do as McCartney or Lennon, who we have got. But there’s got to be someone out there who is the spit of Ringo, who isn’t aware of this and needs to be aware of it!

“We can help make it work. We can guide him, we can train him if he is raw. We want the actors to be able to play their instruments to a degree but to have that upbeat, friendly, mad-cap humour going on and that’s why I would love to find Ringo in Liverpool. If we can do that, it would be great.”
Liverpool Film Office, which supports productions in searching for locations and filming services, has been helping the production company to find the crew for Midas Man, issuing a call last month after which it says it was inundated with CVs from local crew to work on the film.


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Ringo has just announced his new EP Change The World today in a special appearance on Talk Shop Live. Change The World arrives in full on September 24th, and the first track “Let’s Change The World” is available now to stream & download!

“I’ve been saying I only want to release EPs at this point and this is the next one. What a blessing it’s been during this year to have a studio here at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians, some I’ve worked with before and some new friends.”

Lead single “Let’s Change The World” delivers a welcome dose of hope and Ringo’s trademark optimism. The song was written by Joseph Williams and Steve Lukather, both of whom also played on the track, with backing vocals by Amy Keys, Zelma Davis, Billy Valentine & Darryl Phinnessee.

Change The World is out September 24th to stream/download, on CD, and on cassette tape, with a 10” vinyl release following on November 19th. Pre-order now and listen to “Let’s Change The World”!.