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Exclusive: Ringo Starr honored with peace and love in Los Angeles, part 1

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Olivia Anne Morris Fuchs attended Monday night's David Lynch Foundation tribute to Ringo Starr at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles and told Beatles Examiner on Jan. 21 that “from top to bottom, the concert was simply terrific and the event wonderful.”

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“The usual platitudes began the evening,” she said. “Bob Roth, the executive director of the David Lynch Foundation welcomed everyone and introduced David Lynch. David revealed that until the end of the month every dollar given to the David Lynch Foundation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $1 million.” The funds are used to bring the power and healing of transcendental meditation to inner city children and wounded warriors as well as the usual outreach of the Foundation.

“David presented Ringo with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award. Then, the mayor of L.A. presented David Lynch and Ringo each with plaques honoring their work,” she said.

George Harrison's widow, Olivia, was among those in the audience. Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono were not there, but instead they provided welcoming messages on videotape.

“Then the concert got into full swing," Olivia Anne said. "Simply seeing Peter Frampton with Steve Lukather, and Don Was, who was the musical director for the event, and Ringo was a rush. The rest of the band included Kenny Aronoff and Benmont Tench.

“Ark Life started off with 'Can't Do It Wrong.' 'Octopus's Garden' was given a soft touch by two of Head and Heart. Brendan Benson offered up a sweet 'Don't Go Where the Road Don't Go.' Ben Folds joked about not having his usual grand piano and instead playing an 'ironing board' for a rousing version of 'Oh, My, My.' He got the joint jumping. Ben Harper gave his velvet touch to 'Walk With You,' a favorite from the 'Y! Not' album.

(To be continued with more details and photos in part 2.)

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