AOL Chat 1
Ringo Starr: Hi everyone! I'm happy to be here, and with me is my good
friend, Todd Rundgren.
AOLiveMC3: Welcome to AOL Live, Ringo Starr and Todd Rundgren.
Ringo Starr: Hi!
AOLiveMC3: Are you ready to start answering questions?
Todd Rundgren: Me too! We are ready!
AOLiveMC3: Here we go.
Question: Ringo: What is your all-time favorite Beatles song?
Ringo Starr: That's an interesting question. I have so many, I really
don't break it down to one, but if you are forcing me to pick one, let
me pick "Rain."
Question: Ringo, do you miss the times of the ‘60s at all? Or do you
just go with the flow.
Ringo Starr: I have great memories of the ‘60s, but I am a man of the‘90s.
Question: Thanks to you, Paul and George for reuniting for "Free as a
Bird." What was the atmosphere like on the sessions?
Ringo Starr: It was really lovely. It was interesting because we
hadn't played together in such a long time.
Question: We wanted to know how Ringo liked his visit on “The Howard
Stern Show.” Was he nervous about it? He was great! He is a great
inspiration with his love for Barb and his quitting drinking and drugs,
Ringo Starr: My visit with Howard was great; he's a very charming
human being. He was fine.
Question: Ringo, what do you feel was your most important
accomplishment in your life?
Ringo Starr: Being born!
Question: Dear Ringo, have you ever read the online newsletter SPLHCO?
It is very good, and I would love to forward them to you if you would
email me! Love you, and good luck on your tours.
Ringo Starr: Never read it, don't need it!
Question: Hello, Ringo. I'm Lisa, I love you and your music. Your
album “Vertical Man” is exceptional. My question to you is, would you
ever consider doing movies again?
Ringo Starr: I consider doing movies many times, but I'm afraid the
people who make them don't consider me.
Question: What have you found most gratifying about the success of the
Beatles’ music with a whole new generation of fans, many of whom were
not born when the band recorded?
Ringo Starr: That they listen to it! I think it's fabulous that
generation after generation get into the music. That's the thing I am
Question: Hi Ringo, my question is about Ludwig drums. I heard they
are giving out Ringo Starr replica maple Ludwig sets on "The Price Is
Right" now. Did you know about that?
Ringo Starr: No, I'm afraid I won't be giving up my replica drum set
for "The Price Is Right." This is news to me! It would be interesting
to see what the price would be for them!
Question: Ringo, I loved your work on “Beautiful Night” -- will you
and Paul co-write any other songs?
Ringo Starr: We have no plans to at the moment.
Question: Hi, Ringo. What are some things that you enjoy doing for
rest and relaxation?
Ringo Starr: I enjoy painting, playing cards and having meals withfriends.
Question: Ringo, I was wondering what your thoughts are on the music
scene today... in particular, bands like Metallica.
Ringo Starr: I like a lot of the music that's out today, it's just
that Metallica passed me by.
Question: What are the factors that you feel led to the Beatles’breakup?
Ringo Starr: Read any newspaper or magazine from 1970 and you'll find
the answers there. :)
Question: What drummer had the biggest influence on you?
Ringo Starr: Gene Krupa! I saw him in 2 movies.
Question: What do you think accounted for the explosion of creativity
in London in the '60s?
Ringo Starr: Personally I feel it was because Britain had ended the
National Service, so instead of going into the army it all went into
Question: Hi, Ringo, I want to wish you the best of luck with the
All-Starr Tour. My question is, how come you have not been wearing ALL
your rings lately? Love you always, Linda from New York.
Ringo Starr: Good question! Let me tell you, Linda, I'm playing so
much lately I'm playing more and more and more -- if I wear the rings I
get blisters on my fingers, and so I take them off now.
Question: Hi, Ringo! You've worked with many great musicians during
your career, e.g. Nils Lofgren, Joe Walsh, etc. Is there anybody you
would really love to work with in future? Who?
Ringo Starr: No, I have no great burning desire -- over the past 10
years, I'm playing with a lot of the people I desire to play with.
Maybe Ray Charles, Al Greene and Aretha Franklin, if they aren't doing
anything next summer we can pull it together.
AOLiveMC3: Wow!! That would really be cool.
Question: Do you think you will ever "retire" and if so, why?
Ringo Starr: I feel I'm always going to retire, halfway through all of
my tours. Then when it's over and I have a couple of months’ holiday, I
want to play again. But Barbara, my wife, and my children laugh at me
now whenever I mention retirement, as they've heard it so often.
Question: Hello, Ringo -- how has your daughter been doing since her
surgery in Boston?
Ringo Starr: Great, thank you! Thanks for asking, she is justfabulous.
Question: When John died, how did it affect your lifestyle, partying,
Ringo Starr: It affected my lifestyle in the way that, he wasn'tthere.
Question: Will there be any special box set or book or anything to
celebrate ten years of All-Starr Bands?
Ringo Starr: Yes there will be a compilation box set of all the
All-Starr Bands. Should be out around May-June. If you come to the
show, you'll be able to buy your 10-year hat and T-shirt and key ring.
Also to find out any information about the 10th All-Starr Tour, log
onto the ringotour.com website to see if I'm playing in your town. With
Jack Bruce, Todd Rundgren and Gary Brooker and Simon Kirke.
Question: Ringo, what keeps you motivated at this stage of yourcareer?
Ringo Starr: Blood transfusions!
Question: Is there anyway that fans can get your autograph?
Ringo Starr: With difficulty! Oh, that's enough fun.
AOLiveMC3: Wow!! Where has the time gone? We have time for one more
Question: How does it make you feel knowing that you are still a role
model to kids and adults everywhere still to this day?
Ringo Starr: I don't really think of myself as a role model, but if I
am, thinking peace and love every moment of the day like I do, then
it's good. I'd like to thank everybody for sending their questions to
me and I hope they had as much fun as I did! Lots of love from Ringo
AOLiveMC3: Thank you for being our guest tonight, Ringo Starr and Todd
Rundgren. Thank you, audience, for sending such great questions. Goodnight.
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