Hello and welcome to beatlesnow.com Yesterday, we welcomed our first 80 year old Beatle but Ringo Starr couldn't throw his normal celebration outside Capitol Tower because of the Coronavirus. Instead he put together Ringo Starr’s Big Birthday Show! broadcast on PBS/You Tube in the USA and a 0100 screening on You Tube in the UK.
Presented by a relaxed Ringo sat at on a drum kit the event was a fundraiser in aid of The David Lynch Foundation, Black Lives Matter, MusiCares & WaterAid.
The show contained a number of 'live' performances, Covid 19 style songs and many birthday messages from Olivia Harrison with Mick Fleetwood, fellow Sir, Bob Geldof, Nils Lofgren, the Orbisons, Giles Martin and director Ron Howard plus emotional tributes from his family including Zak and a great grandchild!
Performance highlights included It Don't Come Easy by Ringo & his All Starr Band, a Covid 19 performance of All You Need is Love by Cheryl Crow, a rare performance of Ringo b-side Down & Out by Ben Harper and David Grohl and a solo Boys by Joe Walsh who had earlier joined Ringo at social distance in the studio.
Popular song of the night was Come Together with two rousing performances from Sheila E with Ringo on different drums and Gary Clark Jnr live in concert.
Other highlights included a retro video tribute to Ringo set to Photograph and a new video for Give More Love with guest singers including Willie Nelson & Michael McDonald.
While a majority of fans were expecting a Paul McCartney & Ringo Starr reunion, it never materialised, instead a performance of Helter Skelter by Paul in concert with Ringo guesting on drums was broadcast, in fact Paul couldn't even find time to film a birthday message for Ringo although he did send birthday greetings on the big day.
Ringo Starr’s Big Birthday Show! ended with Ringo & his All Starr Band performing With A Little Help from My Friends and the Beatles 'Goodnight' played over the closing credits.
While it wasn't Capitol Tower, Ringo Starr’s Big Birthday Show! was a rousing success, hopefully it may become an annual feature running alongside his normal birthday celebrations.
Peace and love Ringo and may there be many more birthdays to come....