On July 7, Ringo Starr will hit a milestone when he turns 80 years old. In normal, non-pandemic circumstances, the Beatles legend celebrates with a huge party in Los Angeles at the Capitol Records building, but that won’t be happening in 2020.
Instead, he’ll take part in Ringo’s Big Birthday Show, a star-studded online broadcast event/fundraiser featuring Ringo’s pals Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Sheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E., benefiting four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid.
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RINGO TO CELEBRATE 80TH BIRTHDAY WITH STARR STUDDED CHARITY BROADCAST, "RINGO'S BIG BIRTHDAY SHOW" SHOW TO AIR ON RINGO'S YOUTUBE CHANNEL ON JULY 7, 2020 AT 5PM PST FEATURING PERFORMANCES FROM STARR, PAUL MCCARTNEY AND JOE WALSH AND GARY CLARK JR, SHERYL CROW, SHEILA E, BEN HARPER @ringostarrmusic ALSO CONTINUES HIS PEACE AND LOVE INITIATIVE AND INVITES EVERYONE EVERYWHERE TO THINK, SAY OR POST #PEACEANDLOVE AT NOON ON JULY 7TH AND FANS ARE ORGANIZING ONLINE CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD
The show will stream on Ringo’s YouTube channel beginning at 8 p.m. EDT/5 p.m. PDT on July 7.
Ringo’s Big Birthday Show will feature a mix of at-home performances and previously unseen concert footage from the participating musical guests, plus more. Per the press release:
“As everyone knows I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday. But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home – so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me! Peace and Love, Ringo.”
The broadcast will also feature the premiere of a guest star version of Ringo’s “Give More Love” that was created to benefit Musicares and features Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnette, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Peter Frampton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo and Willie Nelson.
Additionally there will be a playlist of unique tribute performances on Ringo’s YouTube channel. This will include musicians who have previously recorded Ringo’s songs, performances from past birthday celebrations as well as some new versions which artists will be posting on their socials. Look for musical tributes from Ben Folds, Ben Dickey, Bettye LaVette, Colin Hay, Elvis Costello, Gregg Rolie, Judy Collins, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Steve Earle, Steve Lukather and many more.
There’s more, too — you can participate in a sentiment of #PeaceAndLove for Ringo’s 80th, no matter where you are:
While Ringo won’t be gathering with family, friends and fans at Capitol Records this year for his birthday, he invites everyone everywhere to think, say or post #peaceandlove at Noon their local time on July 7th.