You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

Ringo Starr shines at Grammy Museum

Offers fans insight into Beatles, samples of new album

In a rare public appearance, Ringo Starr — looking rock-star skinny and at least a decade younger than his 69 years — lured an SRO audience to the Grammy Museum on Tuesday night, discussing his career with the Beatles and as a solo artist before treating his fans to a few samples from his latest album, “Y Not,” released last week.

As important to the Fab Four’s success as superstar timekeepers Keith Moon and Ginger Baker were to the Who and Cream, respectively, Starr was by turns revealing, amusing and a tad abusive to his interviewer, Robert Santelli, executive director of the museum, who nevertheless kept his good-natured composure in the face of rock-royalty snark.

Celebs including Springsteen drummer Max Weinberg and guitarists Joe Walsh and Edgar Winter dotted the packed room, which sold out in eight minutes, a Grammy Museum record.

For his new disc, Starr said, he enlisted a little help from his friends, including Walsh, whom he described as “a house guest”; ex-Eurythmics frontman Dave Stewart; Paul McCartney, who plays on two tracks; and Ben Harper, who appeared onstage with Starr.

On his first-time role as the sole producer on his own album, Ringo quipped: “I thought for the first time I’ll tell the guitarist what to do. It was all new to me.”

Starr then played a couple of tracks from his new collection, “Walk With Me,” co-written with Van Dyke Parks, and the autobiographical “The Other Side of Liverpool.” The older material that got the audience on its feet, including a rousing version of “With a Little Help From My Friends.” For a few brief moments the crowd got to see the legend at work.

More Scene

  • Hugh Jackman'To Kill a Mockingbird' Broadway

    'To Kill a Mockingbird's' Starry Opening: Oprah, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway and More

    The Shubert Theatre in New York City last was filled on Thursday night with Oscar winners, media titans, and, of course, Broadway legends who came out for the opening of “To Kill a Mockingbird.” The starry guest list included Oprah Winfrey, Barry Diller, “Les Misérables” co-stars Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway, Jessica Chastain, Gayle King, [...]

  • Clint Eastwood and Alison Eastwood'The Mule'

    Clint Eastwood: Why Alison Eastwood Came Out of Acting Retirement for Her Dad

    Clint Eastwood’s daughter Alison Eastwood was done with acting after appearing in 2014’s “Finding Harmony.” Or so she thought. It was a Friday night and she and her husband were heading to dinner when her father’s producer Sam Moore called. “He [says], ‘You know, your dad wants you to do this film,” Alison recalls. “I [...]

  • John CenaSports Illustrated Sportsperson of the

    John Cena on WWE's Acceptance by Hollywood and the Professional Sports World

    John Cena says the WWE is finally getting the attention it deserves by Hollywood and the professional sports world. “I’m just glad that no longer are we looked down upon, not only by the sport industry, but by the performing arts industry,” Cena told Variety on Tuesday night in Beverly Hills at Sports Illustrated’s Sportsperson of [...]

  • Steve Carell Welcome to Marwen

    Steve Carell on New Film 'Welcome to Marwen' and Reprising His 'Anchorman' Character

    In 2000, Mark Hogancamp was nearly beaten to death by five men outside of a bar. Left with brain damage and little money to afford therapy, Hogancamp began creating miniature doll versions of himself, his friends, and his attackers as a way to cope. This true story inspired the 2010 documentary “Marwencol” and the upcoming [...]

  • Christian Bale'Vice' film premiere, Arrivals, Los

    Christian Bale Recalls Meeting Donald Trump: 'He Thought I Was Bruce Wayne'

    With Christian Bale‘s latest film, “Vice,” a political dramedy, it’s inevitable ties will be drawn between the film and the current political administration and its chief, President Donald Trump. On the red carpet for the premiere of “Vice,” Bale, who stars as former Vice President Dick Cheney, shared that he met the current president while [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content