Ringo Starr Wishes Us All a ‘Happy New Year … Or a Different New Year’ in New 2020 Recap Video

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With 2020 just days away from coming to an end — finally — it’s time to look ahead to 2021. In a recent end-of-the-year recap video shared by Ringo Starr summing up what he’s been up to the past eleven-plus months, the famed Beatles icon urges us all to have a “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year … Or, a different New Year,” no doubt a statement about the tough times that 2020 forced upon us all.

The clip also features in-studio footage of Ringo and pals Paul McCartney, Steve Lukather, Joe Walsh and others recording their parts for “Here’s to the Nights,” Ringo’s new song written by Diane Warren that was shared recently.

The wistful song, part of an EP Ringo will release in early 2021, has a theme of unity and togetherness, folks coming together for a mutual cause:

In addition to the names listed above, “Here’s to the Nights” finds Starr flanked by a host of his musical friends on backing vocals — an eye-popping list including Finneas, Sheryl CrowChris StapletonLenny Kravitz, Ben Harper, Dave GrohlJenny Lewis, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, and Yola, while the backing instrumentation is delivered via Steve Lukather of Toto, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Bruce Sugar, Nathan East, Charlie Bisharat, and Jacob Braun.

Said Ringo Starr of the song in a statement, via UDiscoverMusic:

“When Diane presented this song to me I loved the sentiment of it. This is the kind of song we all want to sing along to, and it was so great how many wonderful musicians joined in. I wanted it out in time for New Years’ because it feels like a good song to end a tough year on. So here’s to the nights we won’t remember and the friends we won’t forget – and I am wishing everyone peace and love for 2021.”

Here’s to a Happy New Year indeed!


  • David Maceira says:

    Here’s to the nights. What a great song! And what a fitting wrap to a troubling year. Memories of good times and the bad is what makes us who we are. I’m thankful for each and every one of them. Just as I am thankful to bare witness to people like yourselves coming together to bring the joy of music, love and togetherness into our hearts. All the best to you and the many nights ahead! And, may you and your families have the most wonderful Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years!