On Thursday (July 7), Ringo Starr did his best to bring a little “peace and love” on his birthday in front of the famed Capitol Records building in Hollywood. The annual event, celebrating the Beatles drummer's 76th birthday, drew hundreds of onlookers, closing down a portion of Vine Street north of Holywood Boulevard.
After impromptu performances by various musicians of some of Starr's best-known songs, the drummer and his brother-in-law Joe Walsh came up on the stage and asked fans around the world to flash the peace sign and say the words “peace and love.” They were joined by friends, family and members of the All-Starr Band before a crowd of fans, VIPs and media.
Filmmaker David Lynch, singer Eric Burdon, keyboardist Benmont Tench, Eurythmics guitarist-songwriter Dave Stewart, Edgar Winter, Starr’s actress-wife Barbara Bach, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, producer-songwriter Glen Ballard, veteran studio and touring drummer Jim Keltner, Mr. Mister bassist-singer Richard Page, drummer Gregg Bissonette, and comedians Howie Mandel and Richard Lewis, were all in attendance for the festivities.
“There’s a lot of violence in the world, but I want you to join me today in saying ‘peace and love,’” Starr said.
“Peace and love," Walsh repeated to the crowd, adding, "Go home tonight and watch TV and say, ‘Boy, I made a difference today,’" Starr and Walsh then counted down to noon for the "peace and love" chant. See the video here.
Afterwards, Starr cut a large birthday cake and tossed white rubber “peace and love” bracelets into the crowd.
Speaking on the red carpet with press just minutes before the celebration, Starr told reporters, "It would be nice to be 70 again. I'm 76 today."
When asked about his message of peace and love in a world seemingly embroiled in violence, Starr responded with his warm brand of optimism. "It's not like it's this age that is violent. There's centuries of violence," he said. "I'm just the other side of that coin."
He told another journalist in passing: "Where's there's hope, there's life."