Saturday, March 27, 2021
Monday, March 22, 2021
Friday, March 19, 2021
Ringo Starr's latest release, Zoom In, is out today and is available from Amazon here.
Details from the news release:
Today Ringo releases his EP titled, Zoom In, which features 5 songs all of which were recorded at Starr’s home studio between April-October 2020. Starr collaborated with songwriters and producers, and an ever-widening group of musicians playing on the songs, some socially distanced and joining him safely in his studio, always exercising an abundance of caution, and others working on their parts remotely. As often happens in the recording process, the circle of friends grew to include friends of friends and created something that has a unique chemistry.
“It just unfolds,” Ringo said of the recording process, “when I start making a record here in LA at home - somebody knocks on the door, or I reach out and ask someone if they want you to come play, it's like magic really how it all comes together.“
Joining Starr were musicians Nathan East (bass), Steve Lukather (guitar), Bruce Sugar (synth guitar), Benmont Tench (piano), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Jacob Braun (cello), and Jim Cox (string arrangements and synth strings).
Dave Grohl, Ben Harper and Jenny Lewis also joined Starr in the home studio, and all contributed to the first single, Here’s To The Nights. As Ringo recalled, “Diane sent me this song - she sent two actually - and I loved the sentiment of it. She sent it in a chord I like to call F demented, it was very high, so Benmont Tench transposed it into a key human beings can actually sing - that's how we started with that song. We wanted to add a lot of voices singing on the chorus and so she asked her friends and I asked mine, and not only did we get a lot of people singing on the record, we had a lot of fun, which is how I think it should be, and I got to know a few new friends.”
The title track, “Zoom In, Zoom Out,” was penned by Jeff Silbar and features Robbie Krieger on guitar. Ringo recalls, “Zoom In is all we do, if we do anything, these days during the pandemic. So I wanted to call this ‘Zoom In,’ which I think is great for this day and age. For this record, I wanted to get people I hadn't worked with before, so for this track we invited Robby Krieger. I love living in LA because so many fine musicians live here and you can do collaborations like this. And we are all making the same plans - I'll see you after the pandemic!”
Sam Hollander wrote and produced “Teach Me To Tango,” sending Ringo a nearly completed track onto which he added vocals and, of course, drums, “I called Sam Hollander because I had so much fun with him on the last CD I made. He sent me two songs and I chose this one. I told him he could produce it and put it together. What was great was when I was doing my vocals (Sam lives in New York so I did my part in my home studio here in LA), was there was one part of it and I felt there has got to be a drum fill there! So the credits now read ‘Ringo vocals and 1 drum fill’” Ringo said with a laugh.
Ringo co-wrote “Waiting For The Tide to Turn” with his engineer Bruce Sugar, adding Tony Chen and his extensive reggae roots; “This was something my engineer Bruce Sugar started, but it didn't have a lot of words, so we wrote it together. I did my version of reggae and what was great was we had Tony Chen, who played with Bob Marley and lives here in LA, come over and play on it. He said, ‘hey Mon, that you on drums mon?’ and I said yes, and he said ‘great drums mon, very reggae!’ and my heart swelled! It was so great coming from him.”
With 4 tracks completed, Ringo thought the EP was done. That is until Steve Lukather came over, with his friend and musician Joseph Williams, as Ringo tells the story: “We had 4 tracks - and then Lukather came over and brought this semi produced track, ‘Not Enough Love In the World’. The sentiment of it - not enough peace in the world, not enough love - I could not not do it - I had to do this track. So I put the vocals on, the drums on, Steve played a bit more guitar, Joe added some harmonies, and it all came together. It was the quickest track we did on the record.”
In addition to making new music during the pandemic, Ringo also completed and released a new limited-edition retrospective hardcover book titled “RINGO ROCKS: 30 YEARS OF THE ALL STARRS 1989-2019,” published by Juliens Auctions, the world breaking auction house to the stars. The commemorative photo memoir features some never-before-seen photos of the All Starr Band’s 30 record-setting years in the spotlight and life on the road, compiled by Henry Diltz and Jill Jarrett (who have followed Ringo Starr’s All Starr career since 1989), as well as exclusive images from many other photographers and members of the touring crew. Accompanying the photos are Starr’s candid stories, looking back on his legacy as the leader of one of the longest running live touring bands in the world - and all that goes into managing a band of music legends - and looking ahead to the All Starrs’ future making music together in a post pandemic world. The book kicks off with a forward by Starr’s dear friend and brother-in-law, Joe Walsh, the renowned American musician, member of James Gang, the Eagles, and the Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band. While the first print run of books have sold out, signature editions signed by Ringo are still available online exclusively at juliensauctions.com. Proceeds will benefit The Lotus Foundation.
Ringo also revealed news about his next All Starr tour - Almost a year ago today Ringo Starr announced that he would have to postpone his Ringo and His All Starr Band tour which featured Steve Lukather, Colin Hay, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette, and Hamish Stuart. In these unprecedented times we have all become accustomed to our plans changing, and today Ringo confirmed that he is again rescheduling his upcoming All Starr Band tour dates out of an abundance of caution for the well being of fans, crew and staff due to the Covid 19 crisis.
“They’ll be no touring this year, “ as Ringo told fans in his latest video update. “At the end of last year when we moved the tour to 2021 who would have thought this would be still going on. While I’ve had my vaccine, big gatherings are not yet safe and too many people will still be at risk. So we will be moving the tour once again - this time to 2022. I miss playing live music and I miss our peace and loving audiences so much. I can’t wait to get back out there, but it doesn’t make sense to go until it is safe for everyone and we can relax and really enjoy being together.”
Wednesday, March 17, 2021
There's a fresh Q&A with Ringo on the Vulture website.
You’re 80 years old but have the aura of someone half your age.
I’m 24 in my mind. [Laughs.] I think that helps. I’m sticking with the 24 number.
What’s the most ambitious thing that you have left to do?
It’s funny that you bring that up. Barbara and I were watching something last night and they mentioned how Mount Everest was opening up again for climbers.
Ringo. Do you really want to climb Mount Everest?
We looked at each other and I said, “Uh, I don’t want to climb Everest.” [Laughs.] Everest is not one of the dreams. I can’t really imagine anything at this point. It’s been a great life. As a kid I was a bit dangerous and now these are the results of it. So if I do everything right in my mind, I’m truly grateful. And that’s how I live now.
Saturday, March 13, 2021
Wednesday, December 16, 2020
Ringo Starr has a new song out this week, "Here's To the Night," which you can hear below. A ballad, the track features an all-Starr chorus of guest vocalist joining in, including Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lukather, Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, Yola and FINNEAS.
Instrumentalists on the song include Nathan East (bass), Steve Lukather (guitar), Bruce Sugar (synth guitar), Benmont Tench (piano), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Jacob Braun (cello) and Jim Cox (synth strings).I must confess, the track, written by Diane Warren, doesn't do much for me. There's no life or enthusiasm in Ringo's vocal and, despite all the folks singing along, isn't that catchy or melodic, either. It's a repetitive dirge that doesn't match the lyrics, which are intended to be uplifting and inspirational.
As this crazy year comes to a close, Ringo is offering a song of peace, love and friendship – “Here’s To The Nights” available today as a single, (with the video coming Friday December 18). Written by Diane Warren, Ringo is joined by his friends, some longtime and some new, including: Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lukather, Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, Yola, and FINNEAS.
“When Diane presented this song to me I loved the sentiment of it,” said Ringo. “This is the kind of song we all want to sing along to, and it was so great how many wonderful musicians joined in. I wanted it out in time for New Years because it feels like a good song to end a tough year on. So here’s to the nights we won’t remember and the friends we won’t forget – and I am wishing everyone peace and love for 2021.”
The song is the lead single from his forthcoming EP, titled Zoom In, which was recorded at Starr’s home studio between April- October 2020. For this EP, Starr collaborated with songwriters and producers including Jeff Zobar who penned the title track, “Zoom In, Zoom Out” during the pandemic, and features Robbie Krieger on guitar; Sam Hollander who wrote and produced “Teach Me To Tango” – sending Ringo a nearly completed track onto which he added vocals and, of course, drums; Ringo co-wrote “Waiting for the Tide to Turn” with his engineer Bruce Sugar, adding Tony Chen and his extensive reggae roots; and “Not Enough Love In the World” which was written by long time All Starr member Steve Lukather and Joseph Williams (full credits below).
Taking every precaution, Starr invited only a few musicians at various times to his home studio to record the music. Joining Starr were musicians Nathan East (bass), Steve Lukather (guitar), Bruce Sugar (synth guitar), Benmont Tench (piano), Charlie Bisharat (violin), Jacob Braun (cello), and Jim Cox (string arrangements and synth strings).
RINGO STARR - ZOOM IN [Credits]Produced by: Ringo Starr
Co-Produced, Recorded and Mixed by: Bruce Sugar
Recorded at: Roccabella West Beverly Hills, CA.
Mastered by: Chris Bellman at Bernie Grundman Mastering
"Zoom in Zoom Out"
Ringo Starr : Drums percussion and vocals
Robby Krieger: Guitar
Jeff Silbar: Bass, Guitar
Benmont Tench: Piano, Organ
Amy Keys BGV
Windy Wagner BGV
"Here's to the Nights"
Ringo Starr: Drums and Vocals
Steve Lukather: Guitar
Nathan East: Bass
Benmont Tench: Piano
Bruce Sugar: Synth Guitar
Jim Cox: String Arrangement and Synth Strings
Charlie Bisharat: Violin
Jacob Braun: Cello
Guest Vocals: Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Chris Stapleton, Steve Lukather, Jenny Lewis, Lenny Kravitz, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, Yola, and FINNEAS.
"Waiting For The Tide To Turn"
Ringo Starr: Drums and Vocals
Nathan East: Bass
Bruce Sugar: Keyboards
Tony Chen: Guitar
Ed Roth: Hammond B3
Zelma Davis: BGV
"Not Enough Love in the World"
Ringo Starr: Drums,Percussion, vocals
Steve Lukather: Guitars BGV
Joseph Williams: Keyboards, BGV
Arrangement by Joseph Williams
"Teach Me To Tango"
Ringo Starr – Percussion, Vocals, 1 drum fill
Grant Michaels - Keyboards
Josh Edmondson- Guitar
Sean Gould - Guitar
Kavah Rastegar - Bass
Candace Devine - BGV
Zelma Davis - BGV
Charity Daw - BGV
James King - Horns
Blair Scinta - Drums
Hal Rosenfeld - Percussion
Sam Hollander – BGV
Produced by Sam Hollander
Co Produced by Grant Michaels
Mixed by Chris Dugan