In a new video update for January posted Monday by former Beatle Ringo Starr, which you can see at left, Ringo announces he and the All-Starr Band are about to begin rehearsals for their upcoming tour of the Pacific Rim.
“Later on this month, being that it's January, we're going to rehearse up the band, the All-Starrs again, and we're off to New Zealand, Australia and Japan.” Then, adding a bit of Japanese, he said, “So, arigato,” (thank you). Then he chuckled and said, “It's all I know.”
The tour begins Feb. 7 in Christchurch, New Zealand and will include 14 shows in 11 cities in that country, Australia and Japan. It ends March 2 in Tokyo.
His All-Starr Band on the tour will include the same line up that toured North America last summer: Steve Lukather of Toto, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey, drummer Gregg Bissonette and saxophonist Mark Rivera.
In the video, he also sent several wishes of “peace and love” and wished fans a happy New Year. He has previously said a new album is in the works.
After a long dry spell, he's also made a return to posting on Twitter through his @ringostarrmusic account. In one post, he announced he'd attended the Sundance Film Festival. He also sparred jokingly with late night TV host Jimmy Fallon.
"Jimmy Fallon stop tweeting me peace and love," he wrote.
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