In the conclusion of our exclusive two-part report (see part one here) about the tribute to Ringo Starr the night of Jan. 20 at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles, Olivia Ann Morris Fuchs said the great music continued when Bettye LaVette came on stage.
“Bettye LaVette brought the house to its feet with her soulful expanded version of 'It Don't Come Easy.' She complimented the band as the best she'd had in her 50 years of performing. Peter Frampton, who just looked like a kid at Christmas throughout the event, and Steve Lukather hugged her warmly as she left the stage–mutual admiration abounded at the entire event. Joe Walsh quipped that he was cheating by having the lyrics to 'Backoff Boogaloo' on a stand, and then launched into classic Joe – full bore rock n roll.
“Two of my personal favorites, Jeff Lynne (with Rosie Vela, we believe) and Eric Burdon, were in the house as were Jim Keltner, Edgar Winter, Gregg Bissonette and Jim Carrey (wearing a 'With the Beatles' t-shirt). We Beatle Fans Who Gather were in full force, as well,” Olivia Anne says. “An added plus for me is that when I met David Lynch he spoke so highly of my own TM™ guide/instructor, Patricia Metton, and complimented Louisville on being a "1% city," the critical mass of TM fulfillment.
“Then Ringo led everyone in a heartfelt version of 'Happy Birthday' for David and a wonderful event drew to an end. Certainly one of my top events ever. Best comment of the night came from David Lynch. “In all the Galaxies of Peace and Love, Ringo is a Giant Starr.”
Ringo, who didn't go up to the stage until late in the show, said he really enjoyed it. ‘‘I've written these songs, but I've never heard them like that," he was quoted by the Associated Press. He sang "Photograph," drummed on "Boys" and joined the finale for "With a Little Help From My Friends."
Ringo also tweeted three messages about the show Tuesday from his @ringostarrmusic account.
“Good morning what a great night last night I had at the David Lynch foundation giving Ringo a huge heavy peace and love award R**😎🌟✌️✌️
“I want to thank Don Was for putting a great band together thank you also everybody attend up Joe Walsh Betty Lavette Ben Harper + peace & LR😎
“Steve Lukather Pizza Frampton Kenny on off then mom tench dong was and the girls thank you peace and love R***”
Olivia Anne adds that until the end of February, the David Lynch Foundation has reduced the fee to learn and will accept periodic payments. For information, please see their website.
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