So people always ask: What’s Ringo REALLY like?
First and foremost, the 71 year old Beatles drummer is funny.
He had me cracking up during a one-on-one chat on Wednesday afternoon at Fallsview Casino in Niagara Falls, Ont., where he’ll launch the latest version of his All-Starr Band tour on Thursday and Friday nights.
“You’ve got a list,” he said eyeing my notepad of scribbled questions.
“It’ll go fast – I’ve only got 5 minutes,” I responded.
“You’ve got three!” he retorted.
In the end, I got about seven.
Otherwise, he ended by shaking my hand and saying: “See you in 2 years,” referring to our chats every other year – God willing! – as he launches a tour in Canada.
Meanwhile, at an 11 a.m. press conference earlier attended by myself and about 50 other reporters/photographers and 200 members of the public, he also got off some hysterical one-liners.
He began by saying, “I became a musician not to perform at this hour in the morning!” before launching into Boys with his All-Starr Band mates, including Todd Rundgren.
As for whether the Beatles would have made it without himself and lead guitarist George Harrison, he joked: “Without George and I it would have been a folk group.”
And when one reporter suggested that he and the other surviving Beatle Paul McCartney get back together for the 50th anniversary of the first Fab Four single, Love Me Do, in support of Starr’s charity, The Lotus Foundation, making it (Peace and) Love Me Do instead, Starr responded: “I think that’s great. Give me your number, I’ll have someone call you.”
Starr also joked that choosing his his All-Star Bandmates was simple: “The criteria is you had a hit sometime this or the last century… We are the best 1-800 band in the land.”