July 7th, 2010
03:28 PM ET
Ringo Starr has a lot to celebrate. He has a new CD - "Live at the Greek Theatre 2008" - out July 27th, he's embarked on a new tour with his all-star band and the former Beatle celebrates his 70th birthday today.
When it comes to modern day musicians, Starr said he supports them all. "It could be Megadeth or Lady Gaga, and Elton John thrown in the middle, it's what we do," the music icon said.
Clearly, the music industry is vastly different today, with some musicians stumbling upon "instant success." Starr, on the other hand, joined bands, worked his butt off, "lived" in clubs and ended up in "the greatest band in the land." But, he said, modern technology like the Internet prevents musicians from having to go "crawling to record companies."
But there are also things that never change, as the legendary rocker had some timeless advice for musicians of any era: "You must love what you're doing, and it's not for the fame."
This year, Starr is carrying on his annual birthday tradition by asking his fans around the world to stop at noon (their local time), hold two fingers up, and say "peace and love."
But are they just words? "I honestly feel that there is an impact," Starr said. "If you say peace and love at noon you have stopped thinking about other things and it's been a conscious pause for those seconds, and that's all I ask."
Now 70, the former Beatle said he has no regrets in life. "I wouldn't change anything, because then I wouldn't have what I have now."
Starr will say "peace and love" at the Hard Rock Cafe in New York, then play at Radio City Music Hall, and later he says his wife has arranged a quiet dinner.
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