Ringo Starr was the focus of two separate press events Wednesday in L.A. -- in the morning he promoted his new book; in the afternoon his upcoming South American tour with his All Starr Band.
The first session, at the Arclight Cinemas in Hollywood, was the unveiling of Ringo's limited edition book, Photograph, which is due out November 22nd. Also revealed for the first time were 12 of the folio's 240 photographs that will be available separately as signed, framed art prints. Proceeds from both the book and prints will go to Ringo and wife Barbara Bach's Lotus Foundation charity.
Preceding Ringo to the stage was a 17-minute film about him that's part of the current Grammy Museum exhibit devoted to Starr and three testimonial interviews by journalist Melinda Newman -- with legendary rock photographer Henry Diltz and drummers Dave Grohl of Nirvana and Foo Fighters and Steve Gorman of The Black Crowes. Gorman, a huge Ringo fan, had flown in from New York especially for the event and was set to fly right back when it was over. The two both spoke about their introduction to Ringo's drumming, what makes him such a great player and how his work had affected theirs. Finally, Ringo was interviewed about his love of photography and the historic moments he had captured though it.
- The one question he wouldn't answer? Which of the other Beatles he liked photographing best.
- One revelation, he's started working on a new solo album with Dave Stewart producing, which will be called Leaving Liverpool.
- Revelation you might not have wanted to know: how important it was for the members of the Beatles, who always traveled together in one car or van, to admit to it when they farted.
The second session took place at S.I.R. Studios, a few blocks away, where Ringo and his All Starr Band are rehearsing for their upcoming tour. It began with a six-song set of shortened versions of some of the songs that Ringo and the band -- guitarists Todd Rundgren and Steve Lukather, keyboardist Greg Rolie, bassist Richard Page, saxophonist-percussionist Mark Rivera and drummer Gregg Bissonette -- will be performing: