The following are some of the highlights of
Ringo Starr's online chat on May 1. Responses not in quotes are paraphrases.
- When asked to name three people from history he
would like to have dinner with, he named five members of his family -- Barbara,
Zak, Jason, Lee, Francesca, Gianni, Tatia and Louie.
- Asked about the chances for the future release
of a box set of rarities and unreleased songs, he said that "we have
released already two CDs of the best of Ringo and in June or July will be
releasing the All Starr Band Anthologies. I don't know the exact dates."
- Asked if he really wanted to be Santa Claus, he
- Ringo's favorite colors are gold, silver,
purple, yellow, green, and magenta.
Ringo said he is twice a grandfather.
Ringo has five dogs and a cat but will not divulge their names.
Said he speaks two and a half languages -- English, Liverpool and French
(with French the half).
Asked about his hobbies, he said he is not a "hobby person" but
likes painting and gardening.
Said his grandchildren know him as "Grandpa. That's what I
Asked who influenced his drumming, he said Cozy Cole and Gene Krupa.
He said he had no plans to let his hair grow long again because he
When asked what goes through his mind before a
concert, he said that "most of me wants to go home. There's 15 seconds
of madness therre and I have to run on stage. The thoughts are do I remember
the songs - are they good."
If he had one thing to say to the children of
today, it would be "pick up an instrument, play music, love each other,
and love me."
What has kept him level-headed all these years?
He seems to really have it all together. He responded, "I would like to
think so, but there have een several years when I was off the wall."
Responding to a question about what has
inspired him to be so prolific, he said, "I don't know what's happening
to me right now. Maybe it's because I'm more relaxed."
Asked about retirement, he said, "I retire
after every tour."
Would he be willing to sing both "Yellow
Submarine" and Octopus's Garden" on this tour? "No. I feel
one underwater song is enough," he replied.
Most of his music is a reflection of his
To stay in good health, he works out and
"I take vitamins and herbs and I drink lots of water."
Asked how he would like to be remembered, he said "as a damn fine drummer."
As for any final words for his fans, he said,
"Come to the show. It's a lot of fun and great music."