Ringo Starr on July 7, 2020, in Beverly Hills. - Chris Pizzello / AP / SIPA

The ex-Beatles Ringo Starr celebrated his 80th online spring Tuesday, coronavirus oblige- with several songs of the legendary group but in the absence of his ex-accomplice Paul McCartney. Ringo Starr usually celebrates all his birthdays with live concerts in front of hundreds of people, but the coronavirus pandemic forced him to give it up this year.

"Like most of you, I enjoy a good birthday party (...) but it is not the right year to organize a big gathering," explained the artist, sitting behind a battery and wearing a mask decorated with a symbol of peace. "So I'm celebrating it with my friends differently this year. We will have to stay away from the coronavirus, "he said.

"Have a great day my old friend"

The cult songs of the Beatles Come TogetherAll You Need is Love and With a Little Help From My Friends  were part of the evening's eclectic program, consisting of a mixture of archive videos and home recordings, as well as recorded tributes from artists like Sheryl Crow or David Lynch. It was watched live by 130,000 fans.

But some have said they are disappointed with the absence of Paul McCartney, who only appeared during the evening in an extract from a concert in Los Angeles last year, in which the two former Beatles played together. "Happy birthday SIR RICHARD alias RINGO. Have a great day, my old friend, ”McCartney tweeted earlier today.

Happy birthday SIR RICHARD alias RINGO. Have a great day my long time buddy! - Paul pic.twitter.com/qVMxQ1J3hq

- Paul McCartney (@PaulMcCartney) July 7, 2020

Ringo Starr took advantage of the event to call for donations to the "Black lives matter" movement to "end all of this racist violence," he said. “Black lives matter. Stand up and make your voice heard, ”said Ringo Starr.


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