Ringo talks Charlie Watts, John Bonham, and playing in Canada

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Imagine it’s the ‘70s and three of the greatest rock-pop drummers in the world are gathered in Ringo Starr’s home attic around a drum kit during one of his parties.

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In addition to Starr of the Beatles, there’s the jazz-inclined Charlie Watts, of the Rolling Stones, and the hard-hitting John Bonham, of Led Zeppelin.

“Bonham got on the kit, so as he was playing, the bass drum was hopping away, and you had Charlie Watts and Ringo holding the bass drum for him as he played,” Starr, 81, said Wednesday during a Zoom press conference in which he promoted Friday’s release of his four-song EP, Change the World.

“And you think, ‘Oh, man. That would have been a great little video, or TikTok, and it would have gone worldwide. But in the ‘70s, I had parties, and you’ll never find any photos because I wouldn’t let you take photos in my house. But I always think that would have been a great shot to have. So, we will miss Charlie. A beautiful human being. And he’s like the quiet man.”

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Starr’s EP release comes as the Beatles are about to enter the spotlight again with Peter Jackson’s release of a newly-edited version of the 1970 documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, now a whopping six hours and airing over three nights — Nov. 25-27 — on Disney Plus.

Starr singled out the Beatles famous rooftop concert which has been expanded to 43 minutes and was only about eight-and-half minutes in the original film.

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“I love it, but I’m in it, of course, so six hours is never long enough,” he said. “And I think everyone will enjoy it because you’ll see this band work really hard and went through emotional ups and downs to get to where we got every time. That’s just how it was. Four guys in a room — you’re going to have a few ups and downs.”

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Starr had planned to begin his latest All-Starr Band tour in Canada at Casino Rama, two hours north of Toronto, in May 2020 but has rescheduled at least twice due to the pandemic.

He said he now hopes to hit the road in 2022.

“I love Casino Rama,” he added. “It’s impossible to say now if it’s on. I’m saying in my heart it’s on, but we’ll see where we are. Getting through the pandemic has not been easy. But what makes it easy for me is I get a chance to make music. It’s been a very strange year, but when the tour dates come up, I realize, ‘God! I want to be on tour!’ ”

Among the four tracks on Starr’s new EP is a cover of Bill Haley and his Comets’ 1955 song, Rock Around The Clock.

Starr said after spending his seventh birthday (a raging infection after an appendicitis) and 14th birthday (tuberculosis) in hospital, he was determined not to spend his 15th birthday the same way.

“My grandma and grandad took me to Isle of Man,” said Starr. “And it was incredible because I went to see Rock Around The Clock, the movie; it was on there. And it was full of crazy holidaymakers with ‘Kiss me quick’ hats and a little out of their minds. And I’m sitting there, and I’ve been in hospital, and I don’t know too much about what’s going on lately, and they ripped up the cinema. I mean, they threw the chairs … I was going, ‘Wow! This is great!’”

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