Former Beatle Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a big, livestreamed show on Tuesday. He’ll be joined by old pal Paul McCartney, plus Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E.
“As everyone knows I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday,” Starr said in a statement. “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.”
Even better — all proceeds are going to help the Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and Wateraid.
Additionally, according to a press release, “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.”
It’s been a busy week for Starr — he appears on the fantastic new song (and video) “Who’s Gonna Save Rock n’ Roll” by brilliant L.A. artist Beck Black. Check that out below.
Ringo’s Big Birthday Show takes place at 5 p.m. PT on Tuesday, July 7 via Youtube.