Ringo in Chicago to promote peace on 68th birthday

July 7, 2008 4:41:02 PM PDT
Richard Starkey was born 68 years ago this Monday in Liverpool, England. Today, that little boy, who would later change his name to Ringo Starr, celebrated his birthday in Chicago. People have stood in line to see the Beatles for more than 45 years. Monday morning they formed once again in front of the Hard Rock Hotel for the Beatles' drummer, Ringo Starr.

"I'm trembling. I can't stop shaking I'm so happy," said an excited woman. "Oh my God. I've been waiting for this for ... I'm 50 years old ... 42 years."

On his 68th birthday Ringo spread a message from Chicago to the rest of the world. At noon, the message was clear.

"It's twelve o'clock... Peace and love," said Ringo at his birthday celebration at the Hard Rock Hotel.

In 1964 and 1965 the Beatles invaded our shores and Chicago. Ringo, John, Paul and George brought wonderful melody to rock 'n roll. Now Ringo is trying to bring peace to a troubled world.

"Ringo, the world is going through a hard days night do you really think... there can be peace?" ABC7's Frank Mathie asked Ringo.

"I really do think there will be a turnaround," responded Ringo. "It's a dream of mind that one day, one minute, one day, one month, one year everyone will show peace and love."

"Here, there and everywhere?"

"Everywhere. You know there's no here or there. It's everywhere," said Ringo.

It's hard to believe, but the Beatles broke up in 1970-- almost 38 years ago, and the magic is still there, and Ringo is feeling just fine.

"How does it feel to be 68? Fabulous. I'm really mentally 24," said Ringo.

On Sunday night, Ringo and His All-Star Band perform at Northerly Island.


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