Sir Ringo hits 80 – and wants to tour more with his All-Starrs band

Beatles’ drummer Sir Ringo Starr has celebrated his 80th birthday today by vowing to work more.

He said his passion for music and touring is as strong as ever.

In fact, he plans to tour more with his band the All-Starrs.

In an interview with the BBC, Sir Ringo – real name Richard Starkey – said:

“I plan go on a lot longer than 80.

“I’m playing actually more now than I ever did.

“With the All-Starrs we do one tour a year, now I’m doing two tours a year.

“And I have many blessings: family blessings, children blessings.

“I’ve got eight grandchildren now and a great-grandson.

“Life has been very kind to me.

“And we’re in a great business because we don’t have to retire; we can just go on as long as we can go on.”

Talking about his time with the most famous band in the world Ringo said:

“At the beginning, we wanted to make music, which we did.

“But we got so big the price to pay was that we couldn’t go to a restaurant.

“But now it’s eased off.

“We can go where we like.

He added: “The Beatles are still relevant today to the next generation.

“If they’re interested in music they listen to our stuff.

“And to this day, thanks to Giles Martin (son of Beatles record producer George Martin), who’s remastering everything, I’m still playing it.”

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Philip Braund spent 16 years at the Daily Mirror as a reporter and news editor before moving to ITV. He was the series producer of the ground-breaking investigation programme The Cook Report, Managing Editor at ITV's Millbank Studios, and Head of News at ITV Central. He has won national and regional Royal Television Society awards for documentaries.

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