From Liverpool With Love

From Liverpool With Love
From Liverpool With Love
The Beatles drummer is touring North America this summer to promote a new album that's close to his heart.


Unlike most musicians, Ringo Starr looks forward to that feeling he sometimes gets of being on a treadmill. In fact, that's where he often feels most creative.

"My studio in England is next to the gym," Starr said from the Canadian side of Niagara Falls, where his latest tour just got underway. "When it's time to record, I find that getting on the treadmill brings on the endorphins, and the songs just start coming. I wrote a lot of songs on the treadmill. It's certainly a better way than sitting up late at night smoking."

Such treadmill tunes populate his latest solo album, "Liverpool 8," which has generated some of the strongest reviews of his studio work since the early '70s. The new album's title song is a sweetly melancholy reflection on his early life in Liverpool, alluding to his pre-Fab Four role as drummer for Rory Storm & the Hurricanes and the years that followed in the musical cyclone that was the Beatles.

It's the only song from the new album he's doing on his 30-city summer tour, which hits the Greek Theatre on Aug. 2, with the group of musician friends he dubs the All-Starr Band. This year it includes Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Men at Work's Colin Hay, Rockpile guitarist Billy Bremner and Average White Band guitarist and singer Hamish Stuart, all of whom have toured with him previously. New to his circle of amplified friends are keyboardist Gary Wright and jazz and rock drummer Greg Bissonette.

"Usually it's a completely new band," he said. "This is the first time I've done it this way."

Although as a group the Beatles were renowned for their firsts, Starr hasn't always received his due as a trailblazer. But he was the first Beatle to announce his intention to quit the band (his decision was kept quiet for PR reasons), and the first rock star to pay serious attention to music that predated rock, with his 1970 solo album of pop standards, "Sentimental Journey."

Along with John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison, Starr took part in the first worldwide satellite television broadcast in 1967, playing "All You Need Is Love," a message that still resonates powerfully with him.

Not coincidentally, one of the most moving songs on "Liverpool 8" is the ballad "Love Is," which he wrote, like most of the album's material, with collaborators Mark Hudson, Gary Burr and Steve Dudas.

It's deeply personal, decidedly spiritual and unapologetically political without being strident -- in stark contrast to his long-standing public persona as The Beatles' comic relief:



Time will always heal What the broken-hearted feelThe poets say it's soBut I'm not sure it's realI only know the answer is inside meAnd everyone. . . . Love is here.

"The inspiration is love," he says, pronouncing it "luv" as only a Liverpudlian can. "If you look at the titles of my songs, 80% have 'love' in them. . . . It's where I'm at, promoting peace and love. . . . I hope the message is getting across. I always say it feels like my shows are a peace-and-love fest."

To that end, he's mounting his answer to Lennon's "Give Peace a Chance" efforts by inviting fans to flash the two-fingered peace sign and say the words "peace and love" at noon today -- his 68th birthday.

"Wherever you are in the world -- if you're in the office, on the bus, shopping -- put your peace and love hands up," he said. "I'll be doing it."




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17 comment:

Jago Review said...

Nice post you have buddy, keep it up & keep rockin'... cheers

musicmaniac said...

Wow,that is incredible dude, how old is he now?
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kir31 said...

duh saya blum jago bhs inggrisnya,,jd mw komen ap,,maf y sob..

eSTe said...

Wah gak gitu suka sama musiknya beatles..maklum saya lahirnya setelah masa keemasan beatles lewat... nice post anyway...

frizzy said...

Like some songs from the beatles. This is one of the best band in the world for good.

Cheers, frizzy.

surewi wardrobe said...

Nice info.

Eq said...

GOOD BAND !!!

Raini Munti said...

his old now :)

Qi Wen said...

Nice post (: keep it up (:

Meryl (proud pinay) said...

you must be a big fan of beatles ^_^
thanks for sharing ^_^

Carms said...

nice songs

Lolids said...

Rock 'n Blogs ;)

Nopi Mujiyanto said...

Ringo star??,.how old is he now??looks like george michael i think,..
anyway, nice post dude,.:)

Rcyan M. said...

That's interesting! He's forming a band. I'm curious if his band would be similar to that of the Beatles before. Has he already changed his genre of music?

Gil Nocturne, Gillian shie said...

kak, biki reviewnya oasis dong...


so sally can wait....

Angin Lelana said...

good,take that love paradise,'couse loyalty

ari said...

now i know why Liverpool loved The Beatles..
great article friends...

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