July 7th, 2010
03:28 PM ET

Ringo Starr spreads 'peace and love' on 70th birthday

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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  1. LDeth

    Major words from a legend. Ringo rocks. Megadeth rocks, Lady Gaga sucks.

    July 9, 2010 at 4:38 pm | Report abuse |
  2. TruthSeeker Top40

    Ringo is a fraud that refuses to sign autographs for fans. Ringo, just croak now and relieve us all! You deserve no favor from the fans!

    July 8, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Report abuse |
  3. nic.nic

    HB Ringo!

    July 8, 2010 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Dave

    Megadeth is the best! \../

    Long live brothers!

    From UK

    July 8, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
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    July 8, 2010 at 9:15 am | Report abuse |
  6. LRoy

    Thanks for the music and the memories.

    Tell Paul I said hi.

    July 8, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  7. Charlotte Kaminski

    Thanks for the gift of music you and your "mates," the Beatles have given me through all my years. Your music is wonderful. I saw the Beatles at the Cow Palace in the early sixties and all I did was scream! I was in the 8th grade. I am ten years your junior and my hope is I will be going strong at 70 like you Ringo. I turn 60 this year. Love you Ringo and keep on keeping on with your gift of music. Thanks Charlotte

    July 8, 2010 at 6:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. Joe NY, NY

    Happy Birthday, Ringo! Thanks so very much for all the wonderful gifts you've given to the world. Listening to "Beaucoups of Blues" - beautiful, soulful - danke, taak, muchas gracias. Wishing you another healthy, happy 70 more! Love & peace,


    July 8, 2010 at 2:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. David Chiletz

    A living legend speaks the truth. Appreciate music...ALL music. You'll be happier when you do.

    July 8, 2010 at 12:12 am | Report abuse |
  10. Jimmy

    Go0d speech,
    its raising me up,
    1 question,
    who are the all star,?

    July 7, 2010 at 11:47 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Joan

    Happy Birthday, Ringo! All you need is Love and we DO LOVE YOU!!!! THANK YOU BROTHER FOR THE AWESOME MUSIC AND MEMORIES.

    July 7, 2010 at 7:04 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Bob Johnson

    See you @ Chastain Park (Atlanta) soon! BJ

    July 7, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Theresa

    Peace & Love to you ,Ringo !!!! My brother turns 52 today !!–he shares your bday.

    July 7, 2010 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Fred L. Fraud

    Lookin' good Ringo! See you with the All-Stars this summer.

    July 7, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |

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