Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th birthday last night with a star-studded livestream. “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show” featured performances by Ringo’s Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, as well as Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark, Jr., Sheila E, Ben Harper, Joe Walsh and more.
The show kicked off with a mask-wearing Ringo behind the drums to welcome fans to the livestream and the showed footage of how he usually celebrates his birthday joining fans at Capitol records for his “Peace and Love” celebrations.
Ringo’s then launched into the music with an archival concert performance of “Don’t Come Easy,” which George Harrison helped him write. Ringo also shared a special all-star version of his 2017 track “Give More Love,” featuring Jackson Browne, Jeff Bridges, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Willie Nelson, Steve Earle, Michael McDonald, and more.
As for his guests, their performances included:
- Sheila E shared her take on the Beatles classic “Come Together,” with Ringo joining her on drums (at least virtually).
- Sheryl Crow performed the Beatles classic “All You Need Is Love,” performing all the instruments, including piano, stand-up bass, ukulele, guitar, and accordion.
- Joe Walsh, who actually stopped by Ringo’s home to wish him a happy birthday, performed “Boys.”
- Ben Harper, with help from Dave Grohl on drums, performed “Not Down and Out.”
- Gary Clark, Jr.’s performance was also of “Come Together,” but his was from a previous festival performance.
- There was archival footage of Ringo’s All-star band, with Walsh, performing “With A Little Help From My Friends” and “Give Peace A Chance,”
- And his buddy Paul McCartney also turned up in previously filmed concert footage performing “Helter Skelter” with Ringo on drums.
Ringo also showed a clip from the Beatles Documentary “Eight Days A Week,” in which they recalled not wanting to play a Jacksonville, Florida show because it would have a segregated audience. Regarding the current Black Lives Matter movement he noted, “There’s no greater act than any others can make than to stand up and be counted when you see injustice,” adding. “I don’t have to tell you that the Beatles’ early set had a lot to do with the influence we found in American artists,” mentioning stars like Ray Charles, Little Richard, Stevie Wonder and more.
The livestream also featured a boatload of birthday wishes from all sorts of folks including wife Barbara Starkey, and his family, Joe & Marjorie Walsh, David Lynch, Sir Bob Geldof, Nils Lofgren, Jaden Smith, Giles Martin, Colin Smith, Peter Frampton, Ron Howard, and many, many more. It ended with an all-star “Happy Birthday” sing-along, with Ringo blowing out candles on a cake.