Ringo Starr rose to fame as the drummer for the Beatles, but he didn’t rest on his laurels when they disbanded. He launched a modestly successful acting career before the group disbanded, consistently releasing solo records since the 1970s (barring a semi-retirement in the 1980s), and touring with several iterations of his all-star band. Ringo and fellow Beatles George Harrison remained so close that the drummer shared some incredible final moments with his former bandmate. Though Ringo repeatedly asked George to join his all-star band, the guitarist essentially refused in the best possible George way.
Ringo Starr has been building his All-Starr Bands for more than 30 years
Ringo entered a musical hiatus following the release of his 1983 album Stop and smell the roses. When he emerged late in the decade, it was with his first version of his all-starr band. He was joined by the likes of Joe Walsh (The Eagles), Clarence Clemons (The E Street Band), and The Band’s Rick Danko and Levon Helm.
Each iteration of the All-Starr Band has at least one other drummer sharing the stage with the Beatles legend. Gregg Bissonette has been a part of every all-star band since 2008. Simon Kirke (Bad Company, Free), Sheila E. and Zak Starkey (current touring drummer for The Who) have also joined the All Starr bands in the past.
Billy Squier, Todd Rundgren, Nils Lofgren and Peter Frampton are some of the notable guitarists to play with Ringo’s all-starr bands. Ringo said he asked repeatedly, but George refused to join an all-starr band in the best George way possible.
George Harrison never joined the All-Starr Band for the money (in a good-natured way)
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Ringo gets picky about his choices for the All-Starr Band. He has dozens of musician friends, but he only takes hitmakers with him on the road. His former Beatle bandmates made dozens of hits after the band broke up. Still, in a conversation with Conan O’Brien (via YouTube), Ringo explained why George never joined the All-Starr band, despite repeated invitations:
“I used to invite George over and he would say, ‘You’d have to give me all the money.’ And Paul is always busy, I don’t know.”
Ringo Starr describes how George Harrison refused to join the All-Starr Band
As Ringo relates it, George refused to join the All-Starr Band, turning the tables on the drummer by setting a price that was too high. At the same time, George may have been in a place where working together in a supergroup wasn’t for him.
The Beatles were something of a supergroup, and he pushed several famous guitar-playing friends to form The Traveling Wilburys in 1988. George played on albums by Tom Petty, Eric Clapton, Roy Orbison, Jeff Lynne, Duane Eddy, Ravi Shankar and Carl Perkins in the 1980s and 1990s. He showed up at Ringo’s solo performance in 1998 vertical manto.
George never joined the All-Starr Band, but he stayed busy and teamed up with Ringo before his death in 2001.
Ringo and George worked together several times after the Beatles broke up
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George never toured with Ringo’s All-Starr Band, but the two Beatles were hardly strangers after the band’s demise. Ready to accept the Fab Four’s induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, they played together several times before George showed up at Ringo’s vertical man.
George wrote three songs on Ringo’s self-titled solo album in 1973, including the #1 hit “Photograph.” He worked with the drummer on the Good night Vienna album 1974, Ringo’s gravureand Stop and smell the roses.
Ringo returned the favors. He was one of the few drummers George trusted in his early solo days. Although the guitarist forgot, Ringo drummed on most of them All things must pass.
Ringo Starr explained why George Harrison never joined the All-Starr Band but the two legendary Beatles found ways to work together.
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