The cover for "Liverpool 8."

Ringo announces new album, "Liverpool 8," for January release


Update (5/8/08)
  • Ringo is planning a return to Liverpool despite controversy there over recent remarks about it, reports the Daily Express.

    “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.

    Update (2/8/08)

  • Today is Ringo's appearance on Rachael Ray's show. (Check local listings.)

    Update (2/6/08)

  • On the same day that Ringo Starr walked off the set of "Live! With Regis and Kelly" rather than cut short one of his songs, he taped an uncut appearance on "The Rachael Ray Show." The episode - in which he performs the whole song "Liverpool 8" and then washes Ray's dishes - was taped on Jan 22 and is set to air this Friday, reports the New York Post.
  • From raph:

    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

    Update (2/5/08)

  • Enter here to win a signed Ringo lithograph and a USB wristband. (Thanks to Barbara Pazmino.)

    Update (2/1/08)

  • An album review from the Dartmouth.
  • From João Paulo Petersen:

    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

  • From Mike Green:

    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!)

    Update (1/30/08)

  • More album reviews from the Phoenix and, would you believe, the Wall Street Journal.
  • The chart debut of "Liverpool 8" -- at #94 -- was the highest Ringo solo album debut in a decade, reports Arizona Central.
  • There is an assortment of pics from Ringo's House of Blues show at artistdirect. (Thanks to HwyCDRev.)
  • From Frank C. Branchini:

    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.)

    Update (1/28/08)

  • Undercover reviews Ringo's House of Blues performance.
    Update (1/27/08)
  • Ringo performed a four-song set at the House of Blues: "Photograph," "Liverpool 8," "Boys" and "With a Little Help From My Friends." Ringo left the club around 3:30 p.m. to go to "Larry King Live." (Thanks to Matt Hurwitz.)
  • Beatlefan's Bill King gives his take on the Ringo-Regis incident in his latest blog post.

    Update (1/26/08)

  • Ringo had a full house for his afternoon show at the House of Blues. He played about 30 minutes, ending with, of course, "With a Little Help From My Friends," saying goodbye and continuing to play bits of the EPK on the club screen. The crowd was enthusiastic (why shouldn't they be?) and were disappointed that the show had to end. (Hey, it was free!)
  • The transcript for the "Larry King Live" interview is here. During the interview, King (who refrained from calling Ringo George Harrison, as he did in Las Vegas) asked Ringo what his side of the Regis Philbin story was. Here's his answer:

    "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.").

  • "Liverpool 8" debuted at #94 on the Billboard charts.
  • Before all the ruckus started, Ringo talked to the Liverpool Daily Post. (Thanks to João Paulo Petersen.)
  • Our comment on Ringo's rough week from the Abbeyrd Beatles Page Breaking News Blog.
  • Another hometown comment on the furor from Ringo's TV remarks in the UK from Susan Lee of the Liverpool Echo.
  • Al Sussman makes some good points in his comments on Ringo's appearances in the news recently in the latest edition of his blog.

    Update (1/25/08)

  • Today, it's Sirius radio (see below), the House of Blues and "The Larry King Show."
  • Ringo will appear today on Sirius satellite radio. Here's the press release:

    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

    MORE: SIRIUS Disorder is a music channel without rules, boundaries or limits to what is played and when it is played. The channel is a free-flow between rock, reggae, blues and folk. SIRIUS Disorder features shows hosted by radio and music greats including David Johansen from the New York Dolls, Larry Kirwan from Irish rock band Black 47, and radio hosts Meg Griffin and Vin Scelsa. The Spectrum is SIRIUS’ 100 % commercial –free music channel that plays music from artists who have stood the test of time as well as quality rock from credible new artists. Artists that can be heard on the channel include Bruce Springsteen, U2, John Hiatt, and Dave Matthews Band. For more information, visit www.sirius.com


  • More about the Regis show from Andy Fusco:

    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.


  • More album reviews from the Post Online and the Tucson Citizen.

    Update (1/24/08)

  • A spokesman for "Live with Regis and Kelly" says they'll be happy to invite Ringo back, reports the Associated Press. However, they may reconsider when they hear how the AP quoted Dave Stewart about the whole thing. "Four minutes (3 minutes and 40 seconds, actually) seemed like an appropriate amount of time for a former Beatle. Mr. Gelman apparently felt Ringo's musical legacy should take a back seat to additional banter about the size of Ms. (Kelly) Ripa's derriere," he said in a statement. The show refused to play tit for tat with Stewart's comment and had no comment in reply. Good news, though: The AP reported Ringo did play the full song on the Rachael Ray show with no problems. "Ringo taped an interview and performance on our show this afternoon, which was absolutely amazing. He performed `Liverpool 8' in its entirety ... and was a complete professional and a pleasure to work with," said Charlie Dougiello, a spokesman for Ray, quoted by the AP.
    From JoelTLE515:

    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.

    (Comment: Again, I think it was all taken much too seriously, though Ringo probably could have been a little more tactful. Still, Liverpool was a lot different when he lived there than it is now, as you say. But he should know, from Paul's exploits in the media, that anything celebrities say gets blown up big for headline purposes. No wonder some celebrities hate the media.)
  • We'll repost this info again for anyone interested: If you want to call the Regis 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.)

    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.)

  • From Richard Sinclair:

    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,
    Richard

    Comment: Unfortunately, it can't be seen in the States. However, the podcast, which will be available to everyone, should be available here soon. For now, though, here it is some of the controversial Jonathon Ross (in two parts) for everyone who hasn't seen it (thanks to Richard for the links.)



  • Photos of Ringo taping "The Rachel Ray Show" from Yahoo. (Thanks to Patti Murawski.)
  • More reviews of the album from WFUV's blog. (Thanks to Bob Dunn.)

    Update 4:15 P.M. ET (1/22/08) 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 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.

    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)
  • An exclusive report from Ringo's "Late Show With David Letterman" soundcheck from Diane Carroll:

    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.
    Diane Carroll


  • Here's a link to a page with the podcast from Ringo's recent Radio 4 interview.
  • Ouch! Not-so-friendly blogs from the Liverpool Echo and the Sun dissing Ringo on his recent trip to the city. Does it remind you of an old relative that has hurt feelings when you don't come around more often? The Liverpool Echo reported on the tempest in the teapot.

    Update (1/21/08)

  • More reviews: The Akron Beacon Journal and the Charlotte Observer.
  • Rumor has it Ringo will be a Grammy presenter. (Interesting, because Paul is nominated.) We haven't seen any confirmation of this, though.

    Update (1/20/08)

  • More TV: Ringo will be on "Late Night With David Letterman" Jan. 21 and "The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson" Jan. 24. Update (1/19/08)
  • Ringo will be on the Live w/Regis and Kelly show on Tuesday, Jan. 22 at 9 a.m. (check local listings). Thanks to Diane C.
  • Jam! Showbiz says Ringo will return to Canada in June to rehearse for a tour in support of "Liverpool 8."
  • From Francisco Soto:

    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


  • Reviews: From the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Soul Shine and Miami Herald.

    Update (1/18/08)

  • A Ringo interview by the Canadian Press and, warning, a pan of the album from the Globe and Mail.

    Update (1/17/08)

  • Ringo will appear on David Letterman's show Jan. 21, "Live With Regis and Kelly" on Jan. 22 and CBS' "Late Late Show" with Craig Ferguson Jan. 24. Here's the announcement from CBS (thanks to Matt Hurwitz):

    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.

    (Comment: And yes, we noticed they called "Photograph" a Beatle song. It was, sort of. (Thanks also to Tom Frangione.)
  • More review links from AZ Central, the Sun-Sentinel, Fort Worth Star Telegram, UK Guardian, Manchester Evening News, Dallas Morning News, The Globe and Mail and Variety. (Thanks to João Paulo Petersen from Brazil and Karen Dyson.)

    Update (1/16/08) Review links from the Orlando Sentinel, Louisville Courier-Journal and Seattle Post Intelligencer.

    Update (1/15/08) Some links:


  • From Barbara Pazmino:

    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/

    Update (1/14/08)

  • Here's Ringo's live performance of "Liverpool 8" as seen on CBS last week. (Thanks to HwyCDRev.)
  • Robert Fontenot of About.com reviews "Liverpool 8."

    Update (1/13/08)

  • Liverpool Echo: Ringo Starr: Liverpool is in my soul – part of me

    Update (1/12/08)
  • Billboard.com review of "Liverpool 8." (Thanks to HwyCDRev.)

    Update (1/11/08)

  • We have an advance copy of "Liverpool 8." Here's a quick rundown of our first impressions on the album:

    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!

  • Credits on the album, besides Ringo on drums, percussion and organ, include Sean Hurley on bass, Steve Dudas, Garry Burr, Jesse Davey, Dave Stewart, and Mark Hudson on guitars, Gary Burr on whistle, Dave Stewart on slide guitar, Zac Rae, Mark Hudson and Gary Burr on vocals, Garry Burr, Ringo, Steve Dudas, Brent Carpenter, Mark Hudson, Bruce Sugar and Keith Allison on background vocals and claps, Mark Hudson on mellotron, Gary Burr on mandolin and orchestration and arrangement by Suzie Katayama. The album is produced by Ringo and Mark Hudson, except for Liverpool 8, which is produced by Ringo and Dave Stewart, with additional production by Mark Hudson, and re-produced by Ringo and Dave Stewart.
  • Promotional items being given to the press: A bumper sticker and a button, both saying, "Ringo For President: Peace and Love."
  • Wondering what the Liverpool 8 USB wristband is all about? The pre-loaded USB wristband includes the entire album, a personal video message, interview and track commentary from Ringo, behind-the-scenes making-of footage from the recording sessions, ringtunes, photos and more which you'll be able to see and hear when it's connected to you computer. The wristband can be also worn, but played only when connected to the computer. Ringo is one of the first artists to release an album like this. (Matchbox 20 has, also.) (Thanks to Jason at Target Media and Matt Hurwitz for the info.)

    Update (1/10/08)

  • You can see the video for "Liverpool 8" here.
  • Ringo also has changed his website. The opening is now a scene in Liverpool and the video update discusses his recent work promoting the Beatles "Help!" DVD and working on the "Liverpool 8" video.
  • A review of the "Liverpool 8" album from Rolling Stone.
  • Financial Times: Liverpool’s year overshadowed by funding fear (Ringo mention in this background piece on Liverpool's state of the city.)

    Update (12/22/07)

  • "Liverpool 8" will also be available as a pre-loaded USB wristband. Here's an updated press release on the album that includes details on the wristband. (Thanks to Matt Hurwitz.):

    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):

    • 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?
    * * *


  • And here's a report in the Charleston Daily Mail.

    Update (12/15/07)

  • Ringo answered 10 questions for Time magazine with some discussing the new album.
  • And if you haven't, check out a way to get Ringo on your voice mail with updates on the album.

    (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?


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