|The cover for "Liverpool 8."|
“Ringo has been amazed by all the trouble his comments have caused, as he thought people would take it as a joke. It certainly isn’t going to stop him going back to Liverpool. It’s likely he’ll pop back later in the year to see relatives but he’ll almost certainly try to keep his next visit low key.”
The controversy started during an appearance on Britain's "The Jonathan Ross Show" when Ringo was asked if he missed anything about Liverpool. "Nothing," he said. The controversy came on the heels of a performance at Liverpool's City of Culture festival.
Just wanted to let you know that once again I'm disgusted of these contests, why is always and only for the US ? We never get a chance over here in Europe ! !! ! ! The wristband isn't even sold over here. Raph
Hi, Steve, I found on YouTube the complete "The Late Late Show with Craig Fergunson" with Ringo as guest.
************************************************************************************************************************************************* On January 24, 2008, Ringo Starr was guest on the CBS program "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson".
Ringo Starr talks to Craig Fergunson: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZszbg2LjNU After the interview, Ringo gave a mini-performance and sang four songs. Watch below. "Boys": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMx4Z4dDTE0 "Photograph": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gc7RUHXsjxU "With A Litttle Help From Friends": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPhKhZUCP38 "Liverpool 8": http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XeZO68PXXx8
When I put my new "Liverpool 8" CD into my computer, the song titles that pop up are for Ringo's old "Sentimental Journey" CD! I have no idea why this would happen, but I tried it at home and at work, just to make sure. Weird.(Comment: Yes, very!)
I have been following the discussion about Ringo's comments about Liverpool. I think you let him off a little too easy. I'm sure he meant what he said as a joke but it was tacky and tactless. He has had enough dealings with the media that he really should have known better. And if I lived in Liverpool I would be very upset with him. On the other hand, I can't believe the venom being spewed by some so-called fans in the U.S. The most bizarre attack is that Ringo just went to Liverpool to promote his new CD. Really? Do these people not think that any of the other performers were not there to promote their careers? Ringo's appearance in Liverpool brought the city three days of live coverage on "CBS Early Morning" including almost an entire show. And Ringo has mentioned the Capital of Culture celebration every time he is interviewed. I am not going to guess what his motivation was for being there, but his involvement generated a huge amount of publicity in the U.S. that they would not have gotten otherwise. Does any one really believe that CBS Early Morning would provide live coverage from Liverpool of Echo and the Bunnymen or any of the other 600 performers on the bill? (Comment: We still think that much of the furor over his comments was an overreaction. Given all the other evidence -- the CD and his very participation in the Liverpool concert -- it just doesn't make sense to us that it's anything else. However, we'd be really interested to hear from someone in Liverpool about how you feel.)
"Nothing to do with Regis, because we love Regis, peace and love. His producer felt that he was going to give us limited time to play the song and we did the best we could. And it still wasn't short enough for him. And the song has a story, so we wrote the song. We wanted to do the song. And anyway, there was no -- there's never -- there was no compromise, so we had to leave."
Ringo also, probably in an effort to put an end to the criticism from Liverpool about his remarks on the Jonathan Ross show, talked about going back to that city ("It was great. It was great to perform there. But it was great to go back to see the family, you know, and be part of this huge celebration") and was also asked the age-old question of whether he'd played with Paul again ("There's nothing to stop it. But we're not planning anything.").
LIVE PERFORMANCE AND INTERVIEW WITH RINGO STARR ON SIRIUS SATELLITE RADIO
SIRIUS to broadcast LIVE from “Liverpool 8” record release party featuring a performance from the music icon.
WHO: Singer, songwriter and legendary drummer of the Beatles – Ringo Starr
WHAT: Legendary rocker Ringo Starr sits down for an intimate interview with SIRIUS Satellite Radio host Meg Griffin to discuss the making of his latest album Liverpool 8. During the interview, Starr also discusses his early musical influences and favorite drummers.
Immediately following the interview, SIRIUS will broadcast live from the Liverpool 8 album release party at LA’s House of Blues. The event will included a performance by Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart, the albums co-producer and half of the British music duo, Eurythmics.
WHERE: SIRIUS Disorder channel 70 and The Spectrum channel 18
WHEN: Friday, January 25. Interview – 3:15 pm ET, album release party and performance – 4 pm ET
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Dear Steve: Didn't see this tidbit picked up on your site. Yesterday (Jan. 23) Regis was talking about how he'd seen the new Broadway show "November" (starring Nathan Lane). Then he said that Lane would be the show's guest "tomorrow (Jan.24) if you (turning to Gelman) don't fire him in the meantime." The crowd got it and roared with laughter, but the camera gave us a shot of Gelman and he was not amused one bit.
You know, before the Beatles turned Liverpool into a money-making tourist attraction, it was a rather dull place to live. The area in the city where Ringo grew up in was, well, I guess you can say it was kind of like what the Bowery in New York was before CBGB's turned THAT into a tourist attraction. So, I really don't blame him for saying that he misses nothing about it apart from his friends and family.
Update (1/23/08) Ringo walked off a scheduled appearance on "Live With Regis and Kelly" because of what the Associated Press called a miscommunication between his publicist, Elizabeth Freund, and the show's musical director on the length of the song he was to perform. The show said it had to be 2 1/2 minutes or less, Freund told The Associated Press. The AP reported Freund said Starr tried to cut about a minute of the song's 4 minute, 15 second length down to 3 minutes and 30 seconds, but it wasn't enough. "We offered to cut back our chat time and asked them to fade or go to commercial. They were not willing to do that and Ringo was not willing to cut it further, so without a compromise we were not able to stay," Freund said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Ringo left saying, 'God bless and goodbye. We still love Regis.' " A spokeswoman for "Regis and Kelly" told the AP the show's producers tried to work with Starr, noting his appearance had been booked since November and the time requirement for the song -- the show's standard -- had been expressed numerous times. If you want to call the show and complain, phone 1-212-456-7777. Ask for viewer voice mail for Regis. Even though auto voice says mailbox not available, it is and another voice comes on right away to say leave messsage after the beep. (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino for the call info.)
Hi Steve, Just my opinion of course but re Ringo 'dissing' Liverpool (or vice-versa), I'm not surprised to see a smattering of bad publicity after seeing his interview on Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (BBC1 last Friday). I love Ringo but I think he could have been a touch more tactful. I could see the backlash coming right away. Then again, at least he was honest I suppose. (And no, I'm not from Liverpool nor anywhere near it). If you haven't seen the show, it's here for three more days (presuming you can view it in the States):-.
All the best,
Update 11:00 A.M. ET (1/22/08) Ringo walked off a scheduled appearance on "Live With Regis and Kelly" because of a dispute with producer Michael Gelmanthe Associated Press. We're told his name was not mentioned on the air and his name was no longer listed on the website as a guest for today's show.Update (1/22/08)
Steve, I did get into the soundcheck for Ringo!!! It was great. Ringo, Barbara, and Dave Stewart arrived a little past 3 p.m. Ringo waved to everyone but did not sign which was expected. Letterman's security let me in about 3:20 and I sat about midway back on the first level in the middle. Barbara was just a few feet in front of me but I didn't talk to them. I was given coffee and cookies by Dave's security and just sat back and enjoyed the 25 minute rehearsal. I had written two poems about John and George several years ago that I wanted him to have, so I gave it to Letterman's security (Dom) and he promised to give it to Barbara. Ringo rehearsed "Liverpool I love you" about 3 times and it sounded tremendous. Then I was escorted out. I was thrilled to be inside to witness that and when Dave Stewart first arrived, I told him that I love the song and he thanked me.
Hi, how are you. Ringo is in London since some days. On wednesday 16, he was interviewed on BBC2 Radio's Steve Wright in the Afternoon, he didn't perform any songs. On Thursday, he had a Press Conference about "Liverpool 8." That's all. All the best, pancho
RINGO STARR VISITS CBS's "THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON," THURSDAY, JAN. 24 WITH AN INTERVIEW AND SPECIAL FOUR SONG CONCERT LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 — Legendary Beatles drummer, singer and songwriter Ringo Starr talks about his first new album in three decades, Liverpool 8, and performs four songs on CBS's THE LATE LATE SHOW with CRAIG FERGUSON, Thursday, Jan. 24 (12:37-1:37 AM, ET/PT) on the CBS Television Network. Starr, joined by famed music producer and musician Dave Stewart, will perform three popular Beatles songs, "Boys," "Photograph" and "With a Little Help From My Friends" as well as "Liverpool 8," the title track off his latest album, in a special all-Ringo Starr edition of the late night show.
Update (1/16/08) Review links from the Orlando Sentinel, Louisville Courier-Journal and Seattle Post Intelligencer.
Update (1/15/08) Some links:
It was in the Daily News today that Ringo will be featured on NY radio station WFUV tomorrow. It didn't say he would be interviewed, just that they would feature him due to new CD. This station is out of Fordham University and Dennis Elses and Pete Fornatale went there after WNEW changed format some time ago. http://www.wfuv.com/
1) Liverpool 8: On first listen, this song, co-written by Ringo and Dave Stewart, reminded us a bit of "All Those Years Ago." This is a warm song with a gritty backbeat and a nice cheery feel. A nice very tribute to the folks back home.
2) Think About You: Has an "I'm the Greatest" feel about it, but the lyrics are straightforward and pretty good, at that.
3) For Love: A hard-edged ballad that fills Ringo's "Love" quotient for the album. (You know ... peace and love ... peace and love ...) Lots of love expressed here. Nice guitar work by Mark Hudson and Dave Stewart.
4) Now That She's Gone Away: Starts out with a "Back Off Boogaloo" boogie beat. Lots of tom-tom drums in the backbeat.
5) Gone Are the Days: Psychedelic-laced rocker with a bit of "It Don't Come Easy" thrown in. Tune has a nice hook, as they say in the music business. Great credit: Backwards Fabulousness by David A. Stewart.
6) Give It A Try: Funny, but if we didn't know better, we'd swear this is a McCartney song. It has the easy-going spirit of Paul's better songs.
7) Tuff Love: More "Love" from Ringo. A winsome song with a strong underbeat from Ringo.
8) Harry's Song: As befitting a song dedicated to Harry Nilsson, it starts out wild then slows down. A sweet song for one of Ringo's old friends.
9) Pasodobles: An unusual and very interesting sound for Ringo. A Tex-Mex romantic ballad. Yes, really. And it works, too.
10) If It's Love That You Want: As lyrics go, this is one of the weaker songs on the album, but it's bright and cheery, thanks to the band and the chorus. Nice solo by Steve Dudas.
11) Love Is: Another slow song, this one a bare love song that starts out only with Ringo and a guitar until a band comes in about 20 seconds in. A nice tender song, but not one of the album's stronger efforts.
12) R U Ready: The final track is a country flavored ditty like "Act Naturally" and "What Goes On." The lyrics include references to crossing over and Krishna and if you think this song is serious, you're wrong. A fun way to finish the album.
Overall, this is one of Ringo's best efforts in recent years. The production, which on recent albums has been a bit flat and uninspired, sounds pumped up and inspired. Ringo's vocals sound more cohesive than they have in a while, maybe since "Vertical Man." Good work, Ringo!
RINGO STARR'S NEW STUDIO ALBUM, LIVERPOOL 8, TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 15 ON CD, PRE-LOADED USB WRISTBAND & DIGITALLY Album Launch Includes Digital Single Release, Concert Event in Liverpool, National TV Appearances and Major Promotions with AARP, Amazon.com, NPR's "World Café," Pinger, QuickTime, U.S. Airways, VH1Classic.com and Others Hollywood, California - December 19, 2007 - Ringo Starr's new studio album, "Liverpool 8," his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's Goodnight Vienna, will be released on CD, USB wristband and digitally on January 15 (January 14 internationally). Liverpool 8's launch is already underway, with a digital single released this month and high-profile events and promotions scheduled through January, including a concert event in Liverpool, national television and radio network interviews and performances, and major promotions with AARP, Amazon.com, Pinger, Quicktime, U.S. Airways, VH1Classic.com and others.
In addition to being released on CD and digitally, Liverpool 8 will be available as a pre-loaded USB wristband including the entire album, a personal video message, interview and track commentary from Ringo Starr, behind-the-scenes making-of footage from the recording sessions, ringtunes, photos and more.
Liverpool 8's title track is now available as a digital single from all major digital service providers. TIME magazine's December 24 issue features an interview with Ringo, and Pinger has launched an ongoing Ringo Starr Pingercast(sm) campaign, featuring Ringo's own personal greetings sent directly to fans' cell phones. Visit Ringo's official Website (www.ringostarr.com) or his MySpace page (www.myspace.com/ringostarr) to register for his free custom Pingercast messages.
In January, Amazon.com will exclusively premiere the "Liverpool 8" music video, and QuickTime will feature an exclusive 12-day "Countdown To Liverpool" series beginning January 4, with Ringo interview clips and a new track from Liverpool 8 each day, leading to the album's release (www.quicktime.com). U.S. Airways will showcase Ringo and Liverpool 8 with in-flight audio, video and magazine features on all of the airline's domestic and international flights, AARP will debut its new online video series, "AARP Sessions," with an exclusive Ringo interview (www.aarp.org), and VH1Classic.com will premiere Liverpool 8 with "The Leak," an exclusive full-length stream of the album one week prior to its release.
Ringo Starr will return to Liverpool for a hometown performance on January 12 with his Liverpool 8 co-producer, Dave Stewart, to commence the city's 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations. Following that week's international promotion, Ringo will travel to New York and Los Angeles for several national TV and radio performances and interviews, including ABC's "LIVE with Regis & Kelly," A&E's "Private Sessions," CBS' "Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson," NBC's "Tonight Show with Jay Leno," National Public Radio's "World Café," and VH1 Classic's new interview series, "Inside Track." VH1 Classic will also air Ringo's "VH1 Storytellers" special several times around Liverpool 8's release.
Liverpool 8's 12 original tracks were all co-written by Ringo and were recorded in England and in California. "The writing of the records is always the same," Ringo explains. "It's the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what's happening." That "group of guys" who joined Ringo on the album's songwriting and recording are (in alphabetical order): Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Mark Hudson, Sean Hurley, Zac Rae, and Dave Stewart.
Since beginning his career in the 1960s with The Beatles, Ringo Starr has been one of the world's brightest musical luminaries. He has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll, Ringo continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring. His last studio album, Choose Love, was released in 2005.
Ringo has said that as time goes on there is more and more of his personality in his music, and the songs on Liverpool 8 feel personal. His candor, wit and soul are evident in the lyrics and the heartbeat of every song; I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat. Peace and love are Ringo Starr's primary life beats, and Liverpool 8 propels this universal message in each of its evocative songs, which are imbued with joy, insight, reflection and wisdom from the music icon the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo.'
For more information, visit Ringo Starr's official Website: www.ringostarr.com
Ringo Starr: Liverpool 8 (CD, USB Wristband & Digital Album):
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- 1. Liverpool 8
- 2. Think About You
- 3. For Love
- 4. Now That She's Gone Away
- 5. Gone Are The Days
- 6. Give It A Try
- 7. Tuff Love
- 8. Harry's Song
- 9. Pasodobles
- 10. If It's Love That You Want
- 11. Love Is
- 12. R U Ready?
(11/8/2007) A press release dated 11/2/07 and found on Ringo Starr's website and ethrill.net, the Eurythmics site:
11/02/07 - RINGO STARR'S NEW STUDIO ALBUM, LIVERPOOL 8, TO BE RELEASED JANUARY 15 BY CAPITOL/EMI First New Solo Release with Capitol Since 1974; To Be Available On CD & Digitally Starr to Launch Album at Liverpool Concert Event on January 12 Hollywood, California - November 5, 2007 - On January 15 (January 14 internationally), Ringo Starr will release Liverpool 8, his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's Goodnight Vienna. Liverpool 8 will be available worldwide on CD and digitally, and the album's title track will debut as a digital single on December 4. Starr will launch the album with a hometown performance on January 12 to commence Liverpool's 2008 Capital of Culture celebrations. Liverpool 8, also the title of the album's upbeat, vibrant lead track, "refers to the section of Liverpool where I used to live," explains Ringo. "The song was actually Dave Stewart's idea, as a mini autobiographical travelogue: 'I was a sailor first…' and then, 'Liverpool I left you' – because I did. 'but I never let you down,' which is true." Although Starr and Stewart have known each other for years, this is the first time they have collaborated. It began when Dave asked Ringo to lay down some drums on a track Stewart had done with George Harrison. "After I did the drums I asked Dave to add some guitars to my album, which Mark Hudson and I were working on at Mark's Whatinthewhathe? Studio in LA. After Mark and I parted ways, Dave and I took over producing the record," Starr said. Then added in his trademark wit, "and that's why the credits say: Produced by Ringo Starr and Mark Hudson and Over-produced by Ringo Starr and Dave Stewart." Liverpool 8's 12 original tracks were all co-written by Starr and were recorded in England and in California. "The writing of the records is always the same," Ringo explains, "it's the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what's happening." That "group of guys" who joined Starr on the album's songwriting and recording are (in alphabetical order): Gary Burr, Steve Dudas, Mark Hudson, Sean Hurley, Zac Rae, and Dave Stewart. Since beginning his career in the 1960s with The Beatles, Ringo Starr has been one of the world's brightest musical luminaries. Starr has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter and drummer, an active musical collaborator, and as an actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll, Starr continues to play an important role in modern music with his solo recording and touring. His last studio album, Choose Love, was released in 2005. Ringo has said that as time goes on there is more and more of his personality in his music, and the songs on Liverpool 8 feel personal. Starr's candor, wit and soul are evident in the lyrics and the heartbeat of every song; I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat. Peace and love are Ringo Starr's primary life beats, and Liverpool 8 propels this universal message in each of its evocative songs, which are imbued with joy, insight, reflection and wisdom from the music icon the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo.'Ringo Starr: Liverpool 8 1. Liverpool 8 2. Think About You 3. For Love 4. Now That She's Gone Away 5. Gone Are The Days 6. Give It A Try 7. Tuff Love 8. Harry's Song 9. Pasodobles 10. If It's Love That You Want 11. Love Is 12. R U Ready?