Ringo Starr discusses new music, resuming tour and “the magic” of an surprising passion

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band had solely performed 9 gigs earlier than COVID-19 put the musicians on pause. Now, months later, the group is again on tour with a model new EP and expertise from an surprising passion realized whereas quarantining. 

“You play it secure as a result of then you definitely’re protecting different individuals secure,” Starr advised CBS News senior tradition correspondent Anthony Mason. 

While at residence, the 82-year-old former drummer for the Beatles recorded two EP’s, and not too long ago launched one in every of them titled EP3. 

But together with creating music throughout lockdown, Starr stated a TikTookay video he noticed impressed him to delve into spin paint — an artwork type the place paint is poured onto a rotating canvas. He stated he is turned his residence fitness center into an artwork room and reworked a visitor home into a house studio in order that he can “splash paint round.”

“I find it irresistible,” he stated. “That’s the magic of portray, you do one thing after which, ‘Wow, look what got here out of it.'”

He in contrast the artwork type to music however famous that whereas performing with others, “you all need to play in the identical key.”

His Band of All-Starrs is at present in its fifteenth lineup since Starr first assembled the group. He stated altering the members “retains it now.” 

The band now contains Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather of the band Toto, Colin Hay of the group Men at Work, Gregg Bissonette of David Lee Roth’s band, Hamish Stuart of Average White Band and saxophonist Warren Ham. 

“The rehearsals are all the time onerous the primary day,” Starr stated. 

The musician additionally mentioned the current Disney+ movie, “The Beatles: Get Back,” directed by Peter Jackson. The three-part documentary sequence covers the making of the band’s 1970 album “Let It Be.” Starr, who was an government producer for the documentary, praised Jackson. 

“I really like what he did,” he stated. 

The musician’s ardour for the drums started on the age of 13, when Starr — whose actual identify is Richard Starkey — was hospitalized with tuberculosis.

“To preserve us busy, this girl got here in with loads of triangles, tambourines, drums this massive that you simply hit and I hit that drum and I needed to be a drummer from that second,” he stated.

At 20, Starr stop his job in a manufacturing facility to play with a band in Liverpool referred to as Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. 

“But each member of our household got here to our home to inform me, “Are you loopy?” he recalled. 

Then in 1962, Ringo left the Hurricanes to affix the Beatles. In 1989, Starr created Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band.

“It labored out effectively,” he stated. 

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