Ringo Starr's annual “peace and love” birthday celebration is July 7 at the Capitol Record tower in Los Angeles, and on June 26, AXS learned the names on the huge list of celebrities that will be his party guests. Those attending will include guitarist Joe Walsh, who's his brother-in-law; Eric Burdon of the Animals; current Ringo All-Starr Band members Richard Page and drummer Gregg Bissonnette; former Ringo All-Starr Band member Edgar Winter; comics Howie Mandell and Richard Lewis; guitarist Nils Lofgren, and drummers Jim Keltner and Matt Sorum, and actor Ed Begley Jr.
The Los Angeles event will begin around 11:20 a.m. with performances of Ringo's songs by Don Was with Jenny Lewis; Van Dyke Parks and Michael Bearden; and Emmanuel Jai and Paul Beaubrun. Additionally, events are also being held all around the world. Here's a list of events: Bogota, Colombia: Parque El Virrey; Buenos Aires, Argentina: Monumento a "La Flor,” Parque de las Naciones Unidas; Carlini Base, Antarctica; Chascomus, Argentina: TBD; Iowa, Fairfield Maharishi University; Las Vegas, Nevada: Cirque Du Soleil, Beatles LOVE; Lima, Peru: Parque John Lennon, Distrito San Miguel; Liverpool, England: Cavern Club; London, England: Abbey Road; Madrid, Spain: Slow Mex, Near Plaza Dos de Mayo; Masterton, New Zealand, Hedley's Book Shop; Montevideo, Uruguay: Letrero de "Montevideo, Rambla Pocitos, (casi Luis A de Herrera); Moscow, Russia: Red Square - St. Basil's Cathedral, Monument to Minin and Pozharsky; New York City, New York Alices Tea Cup Chapter 1 (Strawberry Fields); Panama City, Panama: Panama Canal; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil: Bar Veloso; Saint Petersburg, Russia: Embankment of River Neva; San Jose, Costa Rica: La Sabana Metropolitan Park, Across from National Stadium; San Salvador, El Salvador: Monumento "Cristo de La Paz", Km. 9 Carretera a Comalapa; Sao Paulo, Brazil: TBDl Tokyo, Japan: TBD.
As in past years, to go along with the live event, Ringo has asked fans all around the world to just wish for or say “peace and love” on that day. The event this year is being sponsored by SiriusXM, home of the Beatles Channel; Modern Drummer magazine and the David Lynch Foundation.
“I can’t think of a better way to celebrate my birthday, or a better gift I could ask for, than Peace & Love. How great that this idea keeps growing and spreading. Thanks to everyone supporting it. Peace & Love,” Ringo said in a statement. The first Peace and Love event was held in Chicago on July 7, 2008.
In May, the Beatles issued a remixed Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album in several configurations to celebrate the album's 50th anniversary. The album was remixed at Abbey Road Studios by Giles Martin, son of the late Sir George Martin and Sam Okell. The remix hit the top spot in the British album charts.