Ringo’s Interviews - Info

1.  Ringo’s interview on Late Night with David Letterman in 1989, announcing his first tour with an All-Starr Band, and talks about The Beatles concert in Indianapolis in 1966, when after the show, a policeman let him drive a police car all over town.

2.  Ringo enters as a mystery guest on The Howard Stern Show in 1998. This is Howard Stern's first interview with a former Beatle. Ringo Starr is interviewed about his experiences with The Beatles, marriage, children, and what he is doing now. This interview was also held after Starr served a short but well-publicized stint in a detox clinic for alcoholism. Starr complained that it was difficult to recover with the press flying overhead on a constant basis. Ringo is also promoting his album Vertical Man. Ringo made the album with his partnership with Mark Hudson, who produced the album and, with his band The Roundheads, formed the core of the backing group for the album. In addition, many famous guests joined on various tracks, including George Martin, Paul McCartney, and--in his final appearance on a Ringo Starr album before his death--George Harrison. Most of the songs were written by Starr and the band.

3.  “Ringo Starr: Off The Record” 2008, is a great sentimental journey and one of the best interviews with Ringo. Part of it certainly is the fact that his buddy Dave Stewart, who worked on Ringo’s record “Liverpool 8” hosts the interview. It puts Ringo in a comfort zone from the very beginning. But really the credit goes to the fact that the interview seriously explores Ringo’s creative vision of the Beatles and how he saw his role in the band. The show doesn’t just rehash Beatles history. Ringo shows pride at his role in the band, as well he should, and it’s evident in his comments. 2008

4.  Ringo Starr - Friday Night with Jonathan Ross 2008

     Ringo Starr has apologized for saying he missed nothing about his home city Liverpool.

The ex-Beatle, who is starting a UK tour including a Liverpool Empire gig, said he did not think he had offended Scousers with his 2008 remarks.

     "I apologize to those people (who were offended), as long as they live in Liverpool, not outside," Starr told a BBC interview.

    "No real Scouser took offence, only I believe people from the outside."

Ringo, who has homes in Los Angeles, England and Monaco, made the comments on BBC One show, Friday Night with Jonathan Ross in January 2008.

Sculpture beheaded

     It followed his performance of Liverpool 8 at the opening of Liverpool's European Capital of Culture year, which has the words "Liverpool I left you but I never let you down".

     Asked by the presenter what he missed most about the city, Starr laughed. Ross asked him if there was anything he missed, to which the drummer replied "er, no...", though he went on to say he loved the city as it was where he grew up and where his family was.

     His comments were greeted with anger from some people in Merseyside and a foliage sculpture of the drummer at Liverpool South Parkway station was beheaded by vandals three months later, with the sculptures of the three other Beatles left untouched.

     Asked about the offence caused by the remarks three years ago, Starr told the BBC that Liverpool was still very important to him.

     He said: "I was brought up there, I went to school there, all my childhood, my youth was there.

"It's silly that whoever took offence took offence."

Starr's former home in Madryn Street, Toxteth, is currently under threat of demolition as part of regeneration plans, though there is a campaign to save it.

 "Deep down I think it should stay," he said.

 "You know, because of the impact the Beatles had on Liverpool, that people come to see - and   they should see - where we came from.

 The only thing I want, if they save my house 9 Madryn Street, is that it stays where it is because there was a rumor that they were going to knock it down and put it up somewhere else, which I thought doesn't really mean anything."

5.  Peter Mansbridge's interview with Ringo in 2015

     Though he's more often snapping a quick picture with his iPhone or iPad these days , or perhaps live-streaming his birthday celebration on Periscope, Ringo is showing off his traditional photography with his book Photograph.

     The book features rare and unseen archival images snapped by the famed Beatles drummer, as well as images reproduced from his family albums, during the rise of the mop-topped quartet through the legendary band's heyday.