Ringo Starr recruits Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow and more for his 80th birthday concert

music news 01/07/2020

Ringo Starr will be celebrating his 80th birthday with a virtual charity show.

The event will be happening on his birthday (7th July), New Zealanders can catch the show at noon on 8th July. The show promises home performances and previously unseen performance footage from Starr himself, ex-Beatle Sir Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh from the Eagles, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Sheila E, Ben Harper and many more.

"As everyone knows, I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday," the drummer 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." 

Titled Ringo's Big Birthday Show, all proceeds to the event will go to four charities - Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. One of the highlights will include a premiere of Starr's guest-packed version of 'Give Me Love', featuring musicians like Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Peter Frampton, Willie Nelson, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, T Bone Burnett and Ray Wylie Hubbard.

Starr's YouTube account will also be publishing a number of other tribute performances on his birthday.

Starr told Rolling Stone that his birthday celebration will be "a little different" this year. "There's no big get-together, there's no brunch for 100. But we're putting this show together – an hour of music and chat. It's quite a big birthday."