Los Angeles (AFP) – Ringo Starr held an online 80th birthday bash Tuesday with a little help from his celebrity friends — and a number of classic Beatles songs — in aid of causes including Black Lives Matter.
But fans hoping for a virtual reunion between Starr and fellow surviving Beatle Paul McCartney were left disappointed, as the celebration concluded with an archive clip of the pair performing “Helter Skelter.”
Normally Starr marks each passing year with live performances that include fellow musicians and hundreds of fans, but the pandemic forced a rethink this time.
“As most of you know, I’m fond of a good birthday party… but this is a bad year to host a get-together of any kind,” said the British musician, sitting behind a drum kit wearing a colorful face mask adorned with the peace sign.
“So I’m celebrating with my friends in a new way this