Ringo Starr named the Beatles' 1969 swan song, Abbey Road, as his favorite album by the "Fab Four." Ringo told Rock Cellar magazine, "For me, that would be the second side of Abbey Road. That one is my favorite because I just love all those bits and pieces that weren't full songs that John (Lennon) and Paul (McCartney) had been working on and pulled all together -- 'Mean Mr. Mustard,' 'Polythene Pam,' and 'She Came In Through The Bathroom Window.'"
Ringo, who's now on tour with his All Starr Band, was asked about "Octopus' Garden" -- his sole contribution to the album: "I was with my family on a boating trip in Sardinia when I wrote that song. I remember the captain giving us squid and chips, and we said, 'What's that? We don't eat squid. Have you got any fish?' Because we're from Liverpool. The captain and me ended up hanging out together and we're talking about octopus. He began telling me how they build these gardens -- they go around on the seabed floor finding shiny stones and sea shells, and they put them all around. . . I thought to myself, this is the happiest thing I've ever heard! I had my guitar with me and I played three chords, and that's how the song 'Octopus's Garden' began."
Ringo told us that the simple act of drumming onstage behind the All Starr Band makes all the travel hassles of touring worth it every time: "The big reward is being able to just play live. We give them a 100 percent of what we can do, and so far the joy and the love coming back -- it's what makes musicians keep on going, I think."
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band tour dates (subject to change):
July 6 - Atlanta, GA - Fox Theatre
July 7 - Nashville, TN - Ryman Auditorium (***Ringo's 72nd Birthday!!!)
July 8 - Hammond, IN - The Venue At Horseshoe Casino
July 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
July 13 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
July 14 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 15 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
July 17 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
July 19 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By Bay
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre