At 81 years old, Ringo Starr shows no signs of slowing down, citing his vegetarian diet and “staying active” as part of his recipe for longevity. “Staying active” indeed, Starr’s lengthy and continued solo career is now in its sixth decade – a musical voyage which began in 1970 with his aptly named debut album, Sentimental Journey.
Quickly following up this year’s Zoom In EP, Starr has announced his latest EP titled Change the World is now available to order (see link below). Much like Zoom In, Starr’s new extended play record – due out on September 24 – was tracked at his Roccabella West studio and features an assortment of guest artists.
Among the throng of guest musicians appearing on Change the World is Toto founder and Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band member Steve Lukather who co-penned the EP’s lead single "Let's Change The World" with Joseph Williams (son of film composer John Williams). Both Lukather and Williams also play on the track.
Adding further electric guitar hero status to the recording is Eagles and fellow Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band guitarist Joe Walsh who appears on the EP’s closing number, “Rock Around the Clock.” A record-breaking hit in the mid-‘50s for rock ‘n’ roll pioneers Bill Haley & His Comets, "Rock Around the Clock” was a highly influential song for The Beatles, with John Lennon telling Playboy in the early ‘80s, "I had no idea about doing music as a way of life until rock 'n' roll hit me… It was "Rock Around the Clock"."
Interestingly, Starr also played drums alongside The Who’s Keith Moon on the Lennon-produced Harry Nilsson version of "Rock Around the Clock” from Nilsson's 1974 album Pussy Cats.
"I've been saying I only want to release EPs at this point and this is the next one,” says Starr. “What a blessing it's been during this year to have a studio here at home and be able to collaborate with so many great musicians, some I've worked with before and some new friends."
Pre-order Ringo Starr’s Change the World here (opens in new tab).
Rod Brakes is a music writer with an expertise in all things guitar-related. Having spent many years at the coalface as a guitar dealer and tech, Rod's more recent work as a journalist covering artists, industry pros and gear includes writing hundreds of articles and features for the likes of Guitarist, Total Guitar, Guitar World, Guitar Player and MusicRadar, as well as contributions for specialist books, blogs and social media. He is also a lifelong musician.
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