Ringo Starr Taps Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh for 80th Birthday Show

Ringo Starr will celebrate his 80th birthday with a virtual charity broadcast.

The event, which debuts on YouTube on July 7 at 8PM ET, will include home performances and previously unseen concert footage from Starr, Paul McCartneyJoe Walsh, Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Sheila E, Ben Harper and more.

“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.”

“Ringo’s Big Birthday Show” will benefit four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. The stream will include the premiere of Starr’s guest-packed version of “Give Me Love” featuring 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.

In conjunction with the event, Starr’s YouTube channel will feature several other tribute performances, including new versions and recordings from previous birthday celebrations. Those artists include Costello, Frampton, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Ben Folds, Colin Hay, Judy Collins, Richard Marx, Ben Dickey and Bettye LaVette, among others.

“This year is going to be a little different,” Starr told Rolling Stone. “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.”

Starr and his All Starr Band, like most other touring artists, was recently forced to postpone a spring 2020 tour until 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Unreleased Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr Demo Going Up for Sale

A cassette featuring a song Paul McCartney wrote for Ringo Starr is going up for auction.

According to the BBC, “Angel in Disguise” was penned for Starr’s 1992 album Time Takes Time but not included. The tape features two versions of the song – a demo by McCartney and another take featuring Starr’s lead vocal and more instrumentation and background vocals.

A photo of a lead sheet – which contains the basic melody, chords and lyrics – lists McCartney as the song’s sole writer and shows the opening lyrics: “My name is Ritchie / Let me look into your eyes / Don’t be afraid / I’m just an angel in disguise.” One other track appears on the cassette, a demo of a song called “Everyone Wins,” which eventually found a home on Starr’s 2010 LP Y Not.

The tape is the property of former Radio Luxembourg DJ Tony Prince, who is allowing Omega Auctions to broker the sale on May 19. Its price is estimated at approximately $25,000, with 25 percent of the profits going to NHS Charities Together COVID-19 Urgent Appeal and the rest earmarked for Prince’s United DJs radio station project.

“It’s fantastic to be able to bring to the market a previously unheard and unreleased track,” Paul Fairweather of Omega Auctions said. “We think the track certainly had enough about it to be included in the album, and I am sure if Paul was to release this himself, it would certainly prove a hit with fans.”

But Chris Shaw of the I Am the Egg Beatles-themed podcast told the BBC that he doesn’t have high hopes for “Angel in Disguise.” While noting unreleased Beatles material does come with a degree of excitement, he said “the fact that ‘Angel in Disguise’ was rejected suggests that it may not be the best song in the world. Sometimes these things are better left as tantalizing mysteries.”

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