Ringo Starr Celebrates His Peace And Love 79th Birthday At Capitol Records
It has become a Hollywood tradition, every year, Ringo Starr surrounds himself with friends to celebrate his birthday in front of the Capitol Records tower, and everyone is invited! Plenty of fans gather very early around the block to get a glimpse of the ex Beatle, who wishes Peace and Love to the world with an encompassing flow of good feelings… it’s certainly a theme dear to him and he invites everyone around the world to do the same at noon.
If Ringo was not in town last year – he celebrated his 78th birthday at the Hard Rock Café in Nice, France – last Sunday was a very Hollywood event, Ringo reiterated the wishful thinking to create a wave of Peace & Love across the planet, some utopic tradition he started in 2008 at the Hard Rock Café in Chicago. He is a dreamer after all.
He said it many times before, there’s no better way to celebrate his birthday than wishing peace and love, surrounded by many of his dear friends including David Lynch, representing the David Lynch Foundation, an organization dedicated to promotes world peace by teaching Transcendental Meditation. Other celebrities were there, among them legendary drummer Sheila E., famous producer Don Was, comedian Richard Lewis, Ringo’s wife Barbara Bach/Starkey, Edgar Winter, Nils Lofgren, Jim Keltner, Gregg Bissonette, Ed Begley Jr., T-Bone Burnett, Benmont Tench, and Jenny Lewis, whose last album ‘On the Line’ features Ringo.
For his 79th birthday (hard to believe), Ringo had invited Ben Kyle (Romantica) with Sara Watkins, as well as rock and roll band The Jacks, who performed a few Starr covers. A band of young students of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus, a bus hosting a state of the art studio offering its services to underserved communities, sang a song they composed about peace and love, what else?
Ringo never performs himself at these annual events, he was introduced by Lynch with a short speech filled with Beatles-songs clichés (oh David, that must have been so easy to prepare) and he stood there for a few minutes, greeting people before the countdown at noon. He still looks very handsome with a cool eternal youth in his white jean suit, flooding the surrounding with the peace V-sign, before throwing away white peace-and-love wristbands and leaving in his black SUV limo.
It’s always good and heart-warming to see a Beatle, after all, there are only 2 left – and I am lucky enough to see McCartney in concert later this week! Life is good for the former Beatle (Life is Good is also foundation-sponsor of the event) and cutting the cake in front of this all-age adoring crowd every year, has to be one of his favorite moments.