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Ringo Starr Made a Pandemic Record—with a Little Help from His Friends

Ringo Starr Made a Pandemic Record—with a Little Help from His Friends

Ringo Starr Made a Pandemic Record—with a Little Help from His Friends
April 08
10:45 2021

Ringo Starr may have played drums for the most iconic rock band in history, but like so many of us, he couldn’t escape having his pandemic experience dominated by a video conferencing platform.

“Zooming is a big part of my life now. I’m doing a lot of Zooming every day,” the 80-year-old legend says. “In the beginning, I didn’t want it, I didn’t like it. I want to go. I want to hug, I want to see.”

Many of the things a musician usually does—collaborate with other players, tour and perform for audiences—are on hold, and have been for the past year. At the start of 2020, Ringo was all set to get out on the road with his hugely popular All-Starr Band—whose 30th anniversary is celebrated in a new book, Ringo Rocks: 30 Years of the All-Starrs—but COVID-19 intervened. Reopenings are in the works in California and across the country, but it’s still unclear when the All-Starrs will be packing venues like the Greek once again.

So what’s a Beatle to do with all that free time? Inspired by his new Zoom-dependent existence, Ringo worked on Zoom In, a five-song EP released in March on Capitol Records (and available on vinyl and cassette for nostalgia addicts). The record is filled with the kinds of hopeful messages, skillfully embedded in both the music and the lyrics, to get anyone through these tough times. And, as with any Ringo output, there are plenty of friends, pandemic notwithstanding.

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