Ringo Starr celebrated his 72nd birthday on Saturday with a public "peace and love moment" in Nashville. Hundreds of fans joined Starr, from the baby boomers who grew up during the height of Beatlemania to the Millennials who discovered The Beatles decades after the band broke up in 1970. Of course, Starr wouldn't have it any other way.
In an interview with CNN, the famous drummer said that he is proud that The Beatles' music is still popular with young people. "The music we made is still important," he said. "The kids are still learning about our music all these years later. We left a great legacy. Every generation listens to The Beatles. We’re still outselling most acts!"
And Starr isn't kidding. In 2009, Nielsen SoundScan reported that The Beatles had the highest-selling album of the past decade. The Beatles' greatest hits compilation, 1, sold 11.5 million copies, edging out 'N Sync's No Strings Attached, which sold 11.1 million units. The iconic British group also sold approximately 30 million albums from Jan. 2000 to Dec. 2009.
In fact, the band's legacy even prevented a potential reunion. Recently, Paul McCartney revealed that he and his former bandmates had often discussed reforming the band, but had ultimately decided against it.
Speaking to Rolling Stone, McCartney said: "There was talk of reforming The Beatles a couple of times, but it didn't gel, there was not enough passion behind the idea. More importantly, it could have spoiled the whole idea of The Beatles, so wrong that they'd be like, 'Oh, my God, they weren't any good.'"
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