Ringo Starr is inviting fans to join him in L.A. for his upcoming birthday celebration on July 7th. Ringo will return to Capitol Records Tower in Hollywood for his annual “Peace & Love Birthday Event” where he will join fans gathered for his 79th birthday celebration.
Musical performances of Ringo’s songs will begin at 11:00 a.m. in front of Capitol Records prior to the birthday festivities at 12 Noon. Director David Lynch will introduce Ringo who will then will lead gathered family, friends and fans in a group “Peace and Love” moment. Cake will then be presented on stage.
According to the press release, “The dream is to create a wave of Peace & Love across the planet, starting in New Zealand and ending in Hawaii. Ringo began these in 2008 at the Hard Rock Cafe Chicago and last year he celebrated the 10th Anniversary at the Hard Rock Café Nice. In the ensuing years it has grown enormously with #peaceandlove events all over the world, and this year already has over 30 events in 22 countries.”
Ringo said in a statement: “I’ve said it before but I really can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than peace and love. It’s so great how every year it keeps growing, with the wave of peace and love starting in the morning on July 7th in Australia and ending in Hawaii, with celebrations in all the time zones in between. . . I want to thank each and everyone of you for continuing to help spread peace and love, Ringo.”
In addition to several musical performances, the event will feature the premiere of an original song about peace and love composed for the occasion by students of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus in partnership with the South Central LA Fernando Pullum Community Arts Center. The song will later premiere online as a video featuring music students as well as guest artists and friends. Among the guests set to appear with Ringo and wife Barbara Bach are David Lynch, All Starr Band alum Sheila E., Edgar Winter, Nils Lofgren, Jim Keltner, Gregg Bissonette — as well as friends Ed Begley Jr., Richard Lewis, T-Bone Burnett, Benmont Tench, and others.
In addition to his long standing pleas of “peace and love,” back in the 1980's, in the aftermath of John Lennon's murder, Ringo — along with good friend Harry Nilsson — were diehard supporters of the National Coalition To Ban Handguns. Shortly after the 2016 Orlando massacre, Ringo spoke frankly about the madness and sickness behind the murders: “I don't understand it, really. I don't understand that mindset, that you could decide to injure and kill a lot of innocent people. Y'know, I'm really not a supporter of wars, either, but you can understand that there's two sides, and they're having a go at each other. But this is so random. It's . . . y'know. . . how far out is that?”