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Ringo Starr talks about new music, the resumption of the tour and


Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band had only played nine concerts before COVID-19 put the musicians on hiatus. Now, months later, the group is back on tour with a new EP and the skills of an unexpected hobby they learned during quarantine.

“You play it safe because then you’re keeping other people safe,” Starr told CBS News Senior Culture Correspondent Anthony Mason.

While at home, the 82-year-old former Beatles drummer recorded two EPs and recently released one of them titled EP3.

But as well as creating music during lockdown, Starr said a TikTok video he saw inspired him to delve into spin painting, an art form in which paint is poured onto a spinning canvas. He said he converted his home gym into an art room and turned a guest house into a home studio so he can “splatter paint.”

“I love it,” he said. “That’s the magic of painting, you do something and then, ‘Wow, look what came out of that.'”

He compared the art form to music, but noted that when playing with others, “everyone has to play in the same key.”

His Band of All-Starrs is currently in its 15th lineup since Starr first put the group together. He said changing members “keeps it now”.

The band now includes Edgar Winter, Steve Lukather of Toto, Colin Hay of Men at Work, Gregg Bissonette of David Lee Roth’s band, Hamish Stuart of Average White Band and saxophonist Warren Ham.

“Rehearsals are always tough on the first day,” Starr said.

The musician also discussed the recent Disney+ movie, “The Beatles: Get Back,” directed by Peter Jackson. The three-part documentary series covers the making of the band’s 1970 album “Let It Be.” Starr, who executive produced the documentary, praised Jackson.

“I love what he did,” he said.

The musician’s passion for drums began at age 13, when Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, was hospitalized with tuberculosis.

“To keep us busy, this woman came in with a lot of triangles, tambourines, drums this big that you hit and I play that drum and I wanted to be a drummer from then on,” he said.

At 20, Starr quit his factory job to play with a band in Liverpool called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes.

“But every member of our family would come to our house and say, ‘Are you crazy?'” he recalled.

Then in 1962, Ringo left the Hurricanes to join the Beatles. In 1989, Starr created the Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band.

“It turned out fine,” he said.



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