Ringo Starr: 10th ‘Peace & Love’ Birthday Celebration

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Photo of Ringo Starr by Scott Robert Ritchie; used with permission

On July 7, 2008, Ringo Starr joined fans, friends and family on the streets in front of Hard Rock Cafe Chicago to celebrate his birthday with a simple call to action: Inviting everyone everywhere to say, post #peaceandlove or even think “Peace & Love” at noon, their local time. Ten years later, Ringo’s dream of generating a wave of Peace & Love that spans the planet on July 7 starting at noon in New Zealand and ending at noon in Hawaii continues to unfold. Last year saw fans in over 23 countries join the movement – from New Zealand to Antarctica, Latin America to Asia, Hawaii and more.

Earlier his year, the recently knighted Starr announced that this year he will return to Hard Rock Cafe, celebrating his birthday and joining fans in Nice, France, where he will be while on tour with his All Starr Band (see dates below). In keeping with the international support the event has seen, Hard Rock Cafe will play a video message from Ringo in restaurants around the world just before Noon, inviting patrons and fans to join Ringo and generate “Peace & Love.”

In addition to Hard Rock, this year’s event is being sponsored by The David Lynch Foundation, which promotes world peace every day by teaching meditation to at risk people all over the planet.

In the announcement, Starr said: “I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, then Peace & Love. I was blown away last year with how far this idea keeps spreading – we started in New Zealand, had people sending Peace & Love from Antarctica, Japan, Costa Rica, India, Russia, Brazil, Europe, London, Liverpool and Hawaii. It was so far out. So here we are 10 years later and it keeps growing. I want to thank Capitol who have hosted us the last 4 years, Hard Rock, the David Lynch Foundation and everyone for continuing to help spread Peace & Love.”

Starr has released a video for “Give More Love” (the title song from his 2017 album). Directed by Brent Carpenter, the video includes photos from fans depicting peace, love and kindness, selected from those submitted in a contest.

As the announcement notes: “to all who would like to participate, you don’t have to go anywhere, or say anything, you can just think ‘Peace & Love’, anywhere you are, and know you are still contributing Peace & Love to the moment.”

History of Ringo’s Annual July 7th Peace & Love Birthday Celebrations

2008 – Chicago, IL Hard Rock Cafe
2009 –Online campaign including in store salutes at Noon at all Hard Rock Cafes worldwide
2010 – New York City, NY: Hard Rock Cafe, Times Square
2011 – Hamburg, Germany: Hard Rock Cafe
2012 – Nashville, TN: Hard Rock Cafe
2013 – Online celebration including a video message from Ringo
2014 – Los Angeles, CA: Capitol Records Tower
2015 – Los Angeles, CA: Capitol Records Tower
2016 – Los Angeles, CA: Capitol Records Tower
2017 – Los Angeles, CA: Capitol Records Tower

Related: Our feature, ‘Ringo’s Beat Can’t Be Beat’

Ringo and His All Starr Band 2018 Dates (Tickets available here and here)

Sep 01 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK
Sep 02 – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR
Sep 03 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Sep 05 – Iowa State Center, Ames, IA
Sep 07 – Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
Sep 08 – TBA, Milwaukee, WI
Sep 09 – Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, IN
Sep 11 – Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, OH
Sep 13 – Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Sep 14 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
Sep 15 – The Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, CT
Sep 17 – Wang Theater, Boston, MA
Sep 19 – Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 21 – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, OH
Sep 22 – The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
Sep 23 – Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St Paul, MN
Sep 25 – Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
Sep 27 – Humphreys, San Diego, CA
Sep 28 – City National Civic, San Jose, CA
Sep 29 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

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