Ringo Starr recently joined in for an interview with The San Diego Union-Tribune when he spoke about his EP sale in 2020.
Back in late 2020, during the lockdown, Starr released the moving song “Here’s to the Nights,” on his “Zoom In” EP. He received a little help on vocals from his musical friends, including Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Corrine Bailey Ray, Dave Grohl and more.
His “EP3” last year included “World Go Round.” Both of those songs are uplifting and reflect a sense of resiliency in difficult times. During the interview, he was asked if he would consider adding either to his set list for the upcoming 2023 All-Starr Band tour?
Ringo Starr responds
“Um, well. only if we want to sell more merch! If I get up on stage and say: “I want to thank the six people (who bought) my EP, and now we’ll do a song from it.” you see (people) drift to the toilets and the merch table! So, I’m not planning to put any of those (new songs) in. But then we get to rehearsals and, sometimes, we change (the set list). So, we’ll see.
But people write these songs (for me) and they have to have a “peace and love” (vibe). You mentioned “Here’s to the Night” — Here’s to the nights we won’t remember / With the friends we won’t forget…
I tend to want to have that feeling. I tend to want them all to have that feeling I don’t really want a (negative) song.”
It has been noted that Starr and the All-Starr Band’s 2023 fall tour was recently announced following the previous announcement of the band’s 2023 spring tour, which begins May 19 at Pechanga Resort in Temecula, CA. The first show immediately sold out after going on sale.
Last year, the band’s 2022 summer tour was suspended due to band members Winter and Lukather contracting the virus. The shows were pushed back into the fall, when Starr made up the losses six days in a row, one show per day. But after that, the famous drummer tested positive for the virus owing to the pandemic himself, twice. So additional tour stops needed canceling.