Make Canoe my Homepage

Ringo talks about fellow drummers Moon and Helm

- June 13th, 2012

Ringo Starr shared his Keith Moon life-size fake Rhino story at a press conference at Fallsview Casino where the Beatles drummer will launch the North American tour of his latest All-Starr Band on June 14-15 in Niagara Falls, Ont.
But it’s not as crazy as you might think.
Strangely enough, Starr and Moon, the late drummer of The Who, shared a mutual love of rhinoceros.
“Keith and realized we both loved rhinos,” said Starr. “We don’t know why. We were hanging out at night. There’s the first clue.”
So Starr had an artist who made lifesize animals make two rhinos – one for him and one for Moon.
“I gave one to Keith and he had this house and it had a wall and then there was like an archway and then there was the pool. And he placed (the fake Rhino) like you were walking to the pool. And the milkmen in England, they deliver the milk at five or six in the morning coming down in this little truck. (This one) turned around and didn’t come back for a day ‘cause (he thought), ‘Keith has a real one in the garden.’”
More seriously, Starr said Moon was his mentor.
“Everyone has this picture of Keith being this wild man but he was an uncle to my children and he had a very big heart. Underneath all the madness he liked to create, he was a very gentle soul.””
Starr was also asked at the press conference about about the recent passings of both E-Street saxophonist Clarence Clemmons and The Band’s drumer Levon Helm, who both were in his first All-Starr Band in 1989.
“Clarence was great ‘cause I was so nervous on the first All-Starrs and I wanted a big guy I could lean on and no one was bigger than him,” said Starr. “Levon, of course, I loved his playing. I loved him as a man. We’re close over the years. He also was on my (1973) Ringo album. The wheel keeps turning and God bless them both.”
As for Helm’s drumming style, Starr said: “It was incredible and it really belonged to him. The drums don’t have all those chords the guitarists have. (Drummers) have where they either can put something in, or leave something out. And that’s our art really. AND he was a great singer.”

Subscribe to the post

Leave a comment

 characters available