In celebration of his 80th birthday on July 7th, Ringo Starr has announced the “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show” a broadcast to benefit four charities — the Black Lives Matter Global Network; the David Lynch Foundation; MusiCares; and WaterAid.
The program will air here on Ringo’s YouTube channel at 7pm Dublin time on Tuesday, July 7th. The show will include unique home performances as well as never before seen concert footage from Ringo and his All Starr Band, Paul McCartney and Joe Walsh — as well as Gary Clark Jr., Sheryl Crow, Sheila E. and Ben Harper, with more artists still to be announced.
The broadcast will also feature the premiere of a guest star version of Ringo’s “Give More Love” that was created to benefit MusiCares and features Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnette, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Peter Frampton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo, and Willie Nelson.
Additionally there will be a playlist of unique tribute performances on Ringo’s YouTube channel. This will include musicians who have previously recorded Ringo’s songs, performances from past birthday celebrations as well as some new versions which artists will be posting on their socials. Fans should be on the look-out for musical tributes from Elvis Costello, Peter Frampton, Gregg Rolie, Ben Folds, Ben Dickey, Bettye LaVette, Colin Hay, Judy Collins, Richard Marx, Steve Earle, Steve Lukather, and many more.
“As everyone knows I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday. But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home — so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me! Peace and Love, Ringo”, Ringo said in a statement announcing the festivities.