Ringo Starr flashed the peace sign over and over Monday at the Troubadour in West Hollywood and even joked with his interviewer, Russell Brand, about what would happen if Brand didn't display the sign as well. Peace and love is, still, what this Beatle is all about.
Starr was speaking to Brand and fans at a live "Town Hall" on SiriusXM as his new album, "Ringo 2012," is released this week.
At the Town Hall, Starr told a fan, "In the dream I have, one minute, one day, one year, the whole world will go, 'Peace and love' at the same time and we'll be OK," the Examiner reports.
He also said that he's been asked to write an autobiography but, "They really only want those eight years. And I say, ‘But there are 10 volumes before we get to that, and 20 afterwards,'" as Rolling Stone reports.
The drummer explained that "Ringo 2012" allowed him to revisit the years of his past outside of the well-documented Beatles era. In the USA Today video below, he explains that he wanted to write the album's "Liverpool" track because it's where he grew up and spent 23 years of his life.
The Guardian gave "Ringo 2012" a review of two stars out of five, saying the album sounds "a bit like the Beatles' later output, albeit with their genius watered down to homeopathic levels" and missteps with "a clumsy version of Buddy Holly's 'Think it Over' that never recovers from a spectacularly ill-conceived intro." The Los Angeles Times was a bit more generous, giving two and half stars out of four and saying the album "yield[s] some modestly charming results."
Listen to Ringo's new Latin-infused track "Samba," which he wrote with Beach Boys' contributor Van Dyke Park, and to samples of the rest of "Ringo 2012" tracks here. What's your review?
Check out photos of last night's event: