Ringo Starr talked with spinner.com about his new album, how fate could have changed his future, how the Rolling Stones should be planning their 50th anniversary tour and more:
Do you often think about where you’d be if you’d never left Liverpool, or maybe left but didn’t join a band?
Yeah, [musician] Ray Wylie Hubbard’s a friend of mine and we were hanging out and we were talking about Lightnin’ Hopkins — they just had a big day for him in Houston. He’s my blues hero and I actually tried to emigrate to Houston when I was 19 to get a job in a factory because I wanted to be near my hero. So who knows what my life would have been now? You can’t really look at “if this ever happened or that ever happened.” You just have to go with where you’re at.
You’re always out there spreading your “peace and love” message. Does that ever get difficult to keep up, like when you did it on the anniversary of John’s murder?
No, it’s never hard to keep that message up. It’s never hard to spend a couple seconds of your life doing the peace and love hand. I don’t find it hard at all. What I do find crazy is being shot down in certain articles for doing that. You think, “Well, I’m only saying ‘peace and love.'” It bothers some people. I’ve just got to get over that. My dream still is that one minute, one day, one month, one year, I don’t know when, that the whole world will put their hands up and go, “Peace and love!”
There’s a lot of talk about the Rolling Stones doing a 50th anniversary tour, but they’re having some semi-public squabbles about it. How do you feel about that, given the fact that you and Paul will never have that opportunity?
I hope they put it together and I hope they do a world tour. We all should be out there. If we can play, we should be out there playing, and that’s the deal. My new attitude is “as long as I can hold the sticks, I can play.” And you may have noticed that in the last several years, I’m playing live more and more. I’m putting records out more and more. Let’s keep playing! That’s how it is. Our new hero is B.B. King. I say, “Look at B.B. King. He’s 86, but he’s still playing. He might be sitting down, but hey, I’m sitting down already” [laughs]. I was talking to Billy Squier yesterday and I said, “Bill, just get out there and play. This is what we do.”
I only advise everybody to get out there and play and I hope the Rolling Stones pull it together and I hope Keith and Mick pull it together and stop squabbling and get out there and do it — says Ringo!
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PaulMcCartney.com has announced that Paul will receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on this Thursday February 9th at 2pm. Paul’s star will be lined up on the famed walk alongside his fellow Beatles, Ringo Starr, George Harrison and John Lennon in front of the famed historic Capitol Records building located at 1750 N. Vine Street. Presenting the star will be President and CEO Leron Gubler.
It kicks off a busy couple of weeks for Paul as his new standards album ‘Kisses On The Bottom,’ will be released on Valentine’s Day (Feb. 14). Before that, Paul will be honored at the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute on Feb. 10. Foo Fighters will join several other Grammy nominees including Coldplay to Alison Krauss and former winners like Alicia Keys and Norah Jones to pay homage to Sir Paul and his philanthropic ways throughout the years. The show will also feature a performance from McCartney himself.
All the proceeds from the show will benefit MusicCares programs and services, a great cause that helps the music community with everything from medical expenses to emergency financial assistance.
Foo Fighters are also part of a new campaign called ‘We Are Music’ for the Grammys. ‘We Are Music’ aims to use various forms of technology to bring music to life and show “how it moves us.” Here’s the Foo Fighters add for ‘We Are Music’:
The Grammy Awards air Feb. 12th on CBS.