Ringo Starr Turns 80: Watch ‘Ringo’s Big Birthday Show’ Charity Broadcast ft. Paul McCartney, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl and More

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On July 7, Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th birthday in a fashion befitting a Beatles legend.

Ringo’s Big Birthday Show was announced last week, and promised to be something pretty spectacular: An online streaming event featuring contributions from several of Ringo’s friends and musical colleagues … specifically, Paul McCartneyJoe WalshSheryl Crow, Ben Harper, Gary Clark Jr. and Sheila E., with the event benefiting four charities: Black Lives Matter Global Network, the David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid.


The list of participants grew larger since its initial announcement, with Dave Grohl, Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Kenny Loggins, Peter Frampton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Michael McDonald, Keb’ Mo’ and Willie Nelson now in the mix as well.

Watch the archived live stream event now, via YouTube:

Ringo’s Big Birthday Show featured a mix of at-home performances and previously unseen concert footage from the participating musical guests, plus more. Per the press release:

“As everyone knows I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday. But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home –  so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities. I hope you will all join me! Peace and Love, Ringo.”
The broadcast will also feature the premiere of a guest star version of Ringo’s “Give More Love” that was created to benefit Musicares and features Jeff Bridges, Jackson Browne, T Bone Burnette, Elvis Costello, Rodney Crowell, Steve Earle, Peter Frampton, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Kenny Loggins, Michael McDonald, Keb Mo and Willie Nelson.
Additionally there will be a playlist of unique tribute performances on Ringo’s YouTube channel. This will include musicians who have previously recorded Ringo’s songs, performances from past birthday celebrations as well as some new versions which artists will be posting on their socials.  Look for musical tributes from Ben Folds, Ben Dickey, Bettye LaVette, Colin Hay, Elvis Costello, Gregg Rolie, Judy Collins, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Steve Earle, Steve Lukather and many more.

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