He’s 76 years old and he’s still going strong. Mr. Peace and Love himself, Ringo Starr, is in the studio recording his next album, and he’s got a little help from some old friends, including Paul McCartney. A tweet on Ringo’s Twitter page shows the two former Beatles—Paul’s arm draped around Ringo (see tweet at left)—with the text reading, “Thanks for coming over man and playing Great bass. I love you man peace and love.”
According to a report in Billboard, Starr’s publicist confirmed that Macca was in the studio to lend a hand with Ringo’s forthcoming album.
Another Ringo tweet pictures both McCartney and Starr with Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh (see below). It reads, “And look out Joe W. came out to play what a day I’m having peace and love.”
Scrolling down Starr’s Twitter page, further photos show the drummer with Eagles member Timothy B. Schmit, singer Amy Keys, bassist Richard Page of the group Mr. Mister and Steve Lukather (both regular members of Ringo’s All-Starr Band), while other photos picture Starr with Don Was, Peter Frampton, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers, Dave Stewart, Richard Marx and bassist Nathan East.
I had a great time in the studio today Amy keys Richard. Page Timothy B. and me ✌️☮ pic.twitter.com/zYhVwx4Ao8
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) February 16, 2017
No details are offered on the nature or content of the studio recording—no specifics about tracks—but the album, when released, will be Starr’s first since 2015’s Postcard from Paradise. The Billboard article also points out that the last time McCartney and Starr recorded together was in 2010 on Ringo’s Y Not album. Paul played bass on the song “Peace Dream” and sang on the track “Walk With You,” the article notes.
Producer Bruce Sugar, who worked with Starr in his last several albums, is presumably producing the new effort—he too posted a photo of himself with both Starr and McCartney on his own Facebook page.
Best Classic Bands will continue to update this story as more information becomes available.
Watch Paul and Ringo performing “Hey Jude” on the 2014 Grammy Salute to the Beatles