Birthday celebrations have been a bit different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t have an all-star celebration. Or in this case, an all-Starr celebration.
Beatles drummer Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th birthday with a virtual celebration. Ringo’s “Big Birthday” show saw the likes of Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Dave Grohl, Sheila E., Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, and Gary Clark Jr. make appearances to perform and wish Starr a happy birthday.
“Come Together,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “All You Need Is Love,” “Revolution,” “With A Little Help From My Friends,” and “Helter Skelter” were among the songs played throughout the show.
The special also raised money for several charities including Black Lives Matter Global Network, The David Lynch Foundation, MusiCares, and WaterAid.
"There’s no greater act than any others can make than to stand up and be counted when you see injustice," Starr said when addressing the Black Lives Matter movement.
"I don’t have to tell you that the Beatles' early set had a lot to do with the influence we found in American artists. We loved listening to Ray Charles, Little Richard is my hero, Stevie Wonder, Sister Rosetta Tharpe--I saw her live at the cabin--and my stepdad’s favorite, Billy Eckstine. The list goes on and on."
During a recent virtual press conference, Starr remarked he felt quite good for his age. “I feel like I’m 24,” Starr said.
"How should I feel?... Now it seems [that] there's a lot of people a hundred out there. So I'm just aiming for a hundred. I’ll still be playing,” he joked.