In a press session with the media Oct. 23 ahead of a tour that will take him through South America and Mexico and end with shows in Las Vegas, Ringo Starr said he's considered doing an extended engagement in Las Vegas like many entertainers have, but says it won't happen any time soon.
“It's been talked about, but nothing has been finalized,” he said. “It'd be a couple of years before that happens.”
See exclusive pictures from the press gathering, including shots from Ringo's photographer Rob Shanahan, in the slideshow on this page.
Starr, though, said he was looking forward to returning to South America. The tour begins Oct. 29 in Brazil and winds through five South American countries before moving to Mexico and ending with two shows in Las Vegas in November.
“I played there and it blew me away. The energy of the audiences were so great and so loving. Every gig it was the energy from the audience, so great,” he said. “The energy down there was incredible.”
He also said he also looked forward to playing in Mexico.
“I've always had a good time there. I spent a lot of time in Los Breezes, of course. As we like to say Lost Breezes. I've always had a good time down there. And it is interesting for me because that's where Barbara and I really met doing 'Caveman' that well-known classic movie. Thirty-three years ago and we're still together.”
And he complimented his current All-Starr Band. “We jam together a lot and this band musically all great players, great musicians. But the spirit of this band is very close.” All-Starr Gregg Rolie announced the group would be adding Santana's “O Ye Como Va” to the setlist.
The Beatle also addressed a question about not signing autographs, saying, “I just don't sign on the street anymore.” His new Genesis Publications book, “Photograph,” which he introduced Wednesday, is autographed by Ringo with all proceeds going to the Lotus Foundation charity.
He said he was taking fewer pictures than he used to. “I sort of slowed down on that because I realized that I was so busy taking photos and videoing what was going on I wasn't actually at the party,” he said.
In the final question Starr answered, he was asked what his reaction would be if Paul McCartney asked him to join his band.
“They'd have to call it Ringo's,” he joked.
Meanwhile, the Miami Herald reported that an attorney recognizes the fans in a photograph taken by Ringo and published in both the ebook and printed versions of his "Photograph" book. Kenneth Kolpan said they were his classmates, but were from New York, not Florida as Starr had written in his book. However, the Herald said there's been no other verification of their identities.
(Thanks to Keith Putney and Rob Shanahan.)
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