Ringo Starr Celebrates 79th Birthday; Tour Begins Soon

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Ringo and friends saying “Peace and Love” at the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles, July 7, 2019

Ringo Starr celebrated his 79th birthday on July 7, 2019, with a little help from his friends. The beloved Beatle returned to the Capitol Records Tower in Los Angeles for his annual Peace & Love celebration, where he and a starr-studded group of classic rock stars and other celebrities joined gathered fans.

Watch a clip of the event below.

In 2018, the event was held in Nice, France, since the legend was on tour with the All-Starr Band. “That was cool,” Starr remarked at the 2019 event. “I’ve done it in Germany, Nashville, New York. Every year we do this somewhere.”

Accompanying Starr for the 2019 celebration was his wife, Barbara Starkey, musicians Don Was, Edgar Winter, Benmont Tench, Nils Lofgren, T-Bone Burnett, Jim Keltner, Sheila E, and Gregg Bissonette, plus David Lynch, Ed Begley Jr and Richard Lewis, and others.

Performances of Ringo’s songs began at 11 a.m., followed by a brief welcome from Lynch who introduced the guest of honor. Ringo led gathered family, friends and fans in a group #PeaceandLove moment at Noon.

Watch Ringo lead the “Peace and Love” cheer on July 7, 2019

Ringo began these celebrations in 2008 at the Hard Rock Café Chicago and last year he celebrated the 10th Anniversary at the Hard Rock Café Nice. In the ensuing years it has grown enormously and in 2018 there were Peace & Love events in over 60 countries.

August 2019 marks the 30th anniversary of Ringo and His All Starr Band and they will hit the road for a celebratory tour which concludes September 1 at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles, nearly 30 years to the day when the inaugural All Starrs completed their first tour on September 3, 1989. (See dates below.)

The 2019 edition of the band features Toto’s Steve Lukather, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Santana and Journey’s Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and the return of All Starr alumnus Hamish Stuart.

A first leg began on March 21 with one U.S. show in Southern California before the band headed to Japan for a number of shows.

Related: Our review of Ringo and the All-Starrs in September 2018

Watch “Don’t Pass Me By” from his March 21, 2019 concert

Ringo and His All Starr Band Tour—2019 Dates (Tickets available here and here)

Aug 01 – Windsor, ON – Caesar’s Windsor
Aug 03 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia (with Beach Boys)
Aug 04 – Highland Park, IL – Ravinia (with Beach Boys)
Aug 06 – Durham, NC – Durham PAC
Aug 07 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Aug 08 – Nashville, TN – Ryman Auditorium
Aug 10 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
Aug 11 – Vienna, VA – Wolf Trap
Aug 13 – Roanoke, VA – Berglund Center Coliseum
Aug 14 – Philadelphia, PA – The Met Philadelphia
Aug 16 – Bethel Woods, NY – Bethel Woods Center For the Arts
Aug 17 – Farmingville, NY – LI Comm. Hospital Amphitheater
Aug 18 – New York, NY – The Rooftop at Pier17
Aug 20 – Champaign, IL – State Farm Center
Aug 22 – Prior Lake, MN – Mystic Lake Casino
Aug 23 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah’s Council Bluffs Casino
Aug 25 – Santa Fe, NM – Santa Fe Opera House
Aug 26 – Phoenix, AZ – Celebrity Theatre
Aug 28 – Oakland, CA – Paramount Theatre
Aug 30 – Lincoln, CA – Thunder Valley Casino Resort
Aug 31 – Paso Robles, CA – Vina Robles Amphitheatre
Sep 01 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theatre

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

Starr has been spending time in the recording studio this year. Details about a new album are forthcoming.

November will also see Ringo honored when he receives the Humanitarian Award from the George Harrison Fund for UNICEF on “Giving Tuesday,” Nov. 27, 2019, at their annual Snowflake Ball in New York City.

Watch the audience spontaneously sing along to the Beatles’ 1968 smash

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