Saturday night’s (April 18th) Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony marked only the fourth time surviving Beatles Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney performed together before a paying audience in nearly 50 years. McCartney, who passed on attending the group’s 1988 induction due to group business issues, made up for the missed opportunity when he inducted John Lennon in 1994 and accepted his own award five years later. Although Ringo was on hand for the “Fab Four’s” celebrated late-’80s induction, he was reaching the rock bottom of his battle with drugs and alcohol.
We caught up with Ringo after the event and asked him what it felt like being back onstage with McCartney, along with finally being a solo Hall of Famer: “I love it. It’s always a thrill for me when I play with Paul. It’s like good friends who know each other and have been through a lot together, and the bas and the drummer are usually friends. I think it’s an honor really, and it has to do with music, and it has top do with, y’know, you did something – in the case of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, of course, at least 25 years ago; so I’m well in.”
Ringo Starr’s newly released album Postcards From Paradise peaked at Number 21 on Billboard’s Rock Albums list.
Photo Courtesy of Ringo Starr