Ringo Starr is in the unique position of being the only member of the Beatles to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a just-released, critically acclaimed, new solo album. Fans and the rock press alike are giving the new Postcards From Paradise high marks, and noting that this late in the game, Ringo is among the few veterans putting out albums in his 70’s which rival his work in his 30’s.
Ringo’s self-produced Postcards From Paradise features contributions from such heavyweights as Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton, Heartbreakers keyboardist Benmont Tench, the Eurythmics’ Dave Stewart, Richard Marx, Eric Clapton band and Toto bassist Nathan East, and Glen Ballard.
The new album is Ringo’s third time behind the boards, having produced 2010’s Y Not and its followup Ringo 2012. Ringo told us that only now does he feel fully confident as a producer: “I’m more dialed in. Y’know, I’ve down it now, y’know, I was a little insecure when I was produced the first one, ‘cause I hadn’t done it before. Y’know, the more you do something, the more you know how to do it.” at Cleveland’s Public Hall.
HBO will broadcast an edited version of the event on May 30th at 8 p.m.
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