Thursday, April 23, 2015

Ringo Starr Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame

This post has been long overdue for two reasons; one being my busy schedule and little time to write, and two the fact that it has taken this long for Ringo Starr to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

"My name is Ringo and I play drums." -Ringo Starr's introduction speech, 18 April, 2015

It was this past Friday, 18 April 2015, that all members of the worlds most influential band, The Beatles, were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when ex-Beatle Sir James Paul McCartney proudly presented his former band mate, Ringo Starr, with his rightful place in the Rock Hall. Although Starr has been in the hall since 1988 when The Beatles were inducted, it took twenty-seven years for all members to be recognized as artist themselves.

Starr, among other musicians and bands such as Joan Jett, Lou Reed, Green Day and others were given this prestigious award in Cleveland on Friday night in an event filled with love, laughter, music, and good vibes. It was a great thrill to have a venue packed with great musicians and celebrities from not only two Beatles and other inductees but legends such as Stevie Wonder were also present for the event as he inducted Billy Withers, and Joe Walsh, as Ringo's brother in law, was also in attendance and would make an appearance when Ringo spiritedly sang "It Don't Come Easy".

For Ringo's portion of the ceremony he delivered a speech about his beginnings and the meaning of being in a band, even leaving the audience with the wise words of;
"And another tip I brought for all bands who are starting out: When you're in a van, and you fart, own up. It'll cause hell if you don't own up because everyone will blame everyone else. Make a pact that you'll own up to it. We did and that's how we get on so well."
McCartney, who inducted John Lennon into the Hall in the 1990s, even started the ceremony with a beautiful speech about Ringo joining the band and the relationship The Beatles had and the relationship they still have today. Read about how Ringo was nominated to be inducted into the hall and Paul McCartney's work on helping his friend with this achievement by clicking here.

"It's a great honor for me to be able to induce him into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland tonight!"
The musician loosely using the word "induce" instead of "induct" as a joke towards Starr's remarks of not really thinking too much about the award when asked about it earlier this year and McCartney being what Starr called his "manager", in leading the whole presentation. 

The two would reunite on stage to perform the beloved Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band song, "With A Little Help From My Friends" while Ringo would continue to take the stage with a song that "took his fancy" with The Shirelles "Boys".

You can read Ringo's speech on Rolling Stone Magazine's post by clicking here and Paul's speech here.

Congratulations Ringo!

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