Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday in style with a star-studded concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City Wednesday night.
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 70th birthday Wednesday with a star-studded concert at Radio City Music Hall in New York City.
The guest of honor, along with his All-Starr Band, treated the audience to everything from early Beatles hits (“What Goes On,” “Boys” and “Act Naturally”) to Ringo’s solo releases (“It Don’t Come Easy” and “Photograph”) to other rock classics (“Hang On Sloopy” and “What I Like About You”). Later, guests such as Yoko Ono, Steven Van Zandt and Joe Walsh joined the group to sing “With A Little Help From My Friends,” Ringo’s memorable vocal contribution on Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.
The evening was capped off by a special appearance from Paul McCartney, whose bass playing paired with Ringo’s drumming to form the rhythm section of The Beatles. McCartney led the musicians onstage (including Ringo on drums) in a spirited rendition of “Birthday,” taken from the band’s 1968 self-titled release more commonly known as the White Album.
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was honored when his own star was added to the Hollywood Walk of Fame, which celebrated its 50th anniversary during Monday’s ceremony.
Starr joins former bandmates John Lennon and George Harrison as ex-Beatles to have their name added to the Walk of Fame, and the group itself was given a star in 1998.
Legendary rock group The Who is reported to be the headliner at this season’s Super Bowl halftime show in Miami on Feb. 7.
Original band members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend will be joined (as they have been in recent years) by bassist Pino Palladino, keyboardist John “Rabbit” Bundrick and drummer Zak Starkey, son of legendary Beatles stickman Ringo Starr.
After dismantling as a group in 1982, The Who did not have an original album release until Endless Wire in 2006. Since then, the band has played a handful of tours across the globe, and Townshend has said he is currently working on a new musical titled Floss.
The final album put together by The Beatles, Abbey Road was released in the United States on Wednesday, Oct. 1, 1969, and is No. 8 on VH1’s Top 100 All Time Albums.
From John’s repeated “Shoot me…” at the beginning of “Come Together” to George’s melodic “Here Comes The Sun,” from Ringo’s aquatic “Octopus’s Garden” to Paul’s succession of rockers on side two, Abbey Road shows a band on the fringe of breakup while highlighting The Beatles’ musical talents as individuals (much like the White Album did).
Though it was released about seven months before Let It Be, this was the last album the group ever recorded, and Abbey Road comes to a close with the most fitting of sendoffs from Paul: “And in the end…the love you take…is equal to the love…you make.”