Ringo Starr: 71 and going strong

Like former bandmate Paul McCartney, the Beatles' drummer is still playing.

STILL SIMPLE, STILL PLAYING. Ringo Starr addressing the press at his All Starr Band's press preview. Screen grab from YouTube

WASHINGTON, United States of America – Ringo Starr is back on the road at 71 years old. 

The former Beatles drummer is now on tour around the US, joined by the other notable members of his All Starr Band: Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto) and Richard Page (Mr. Mister).

The tour started last week at the Niagara Falls and will run until July 21.

“I’m still livin’ the dream, baby,” says Starr in an interview with Inside Edition.

The Beatles changed rock and roll and pop music 50 years ago. Today, only Starr and former bandmate Paul McCartney are still alive — and both are still playing music. McCartney turned 70 this week.

Aside from touring, Starr is also recording his latest album, Ringo 2012. “I like to keep it simple,” he says.

He also has a collection of electronic art that he composed using his iPad, and they are for sale for the benefit of his Lotus Charity Foundation.

“I’m having fun with my art,” says Starr. “I’m still doing what I love to do.”

Art became a passion for Starr in 2005, when he found it a good outlet while on the road, touring. “It gave me something to do in all those crazy hotels,” he says in his art website.

Here’s a YouTube video of the press preview that the All Starr Band 2012 gave last June 13 right before their tour kicked off:


As with all other things about him, when asked what else is in his bucket list, Starr’s answer is simple: “To keep playing.” – Rappler.com

(The All Starr band’s tour schedule and song line-up are in RollingStone.com. For more updates, visit Ringo Starr’s website, www.ringostarr.com.)

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