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Ringo Starr says new album almost done, adds more dates to tour

At a pre-tour press conference held in Rama, Ontario, Canada June 5, Ringo Starr announced that his follow-up album to “Ringo 2012” has been pushed back until next February because he was busy with all the Beatles' 50th anniversary projects this year, reported Gary Graff of Billboard. He said the new album will feature All-Starr Band member Steve Lukather, plus All-Starr Band All-Starrs Peter Frampton and Richard Marx, plus Dave Stewart, Glen Ballard and songwriter Gary Nicholson.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band perform at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on November 22, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band perform at The Pearl concert theater at the Palms Casino Resort on November 22, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images
Ringo Starr announced Thursday his next album will come out early next year.
Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images

Fourteen additional All-Starr Band dates in the Southwest and East Coast added to the 2014 All-Starr Band U.S. tour were also announced. The new shows will begin Oct 2, just over two months after the July 19 date at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles that will end the first part of the tour.

“I love playing with this band,” Starr said. “And I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again.”

The new dates are Oct. 2 at Hard Rock Café in Tulsa, Okla.; Oct. 3 at Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, Mo.; Oct. 4 at Starlight Theatre in Kansas City, Kan.; Oct. 5 at CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Neb.; Oct. 7 at Tobin Center for the Performing Arts in San Antonio, Texas; Oct. 8 at Moody Theater in Austin, Texas and Oct. 10 at Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion in Houston.

Also, Oct. 15 at North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, S.C.; Oct. 17 at Hard Rock Café Biloxi in Biloxi, Miss.; Oct. 18 at Moran Theatre in Jacksonville, Fla.; Oct. 19 at Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall at Fort Myers, Fla.; Oct. 21 at Broward Center for the Performing Arts in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; Oct. 22 at Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts in Melbourne, Fla.; Oct. 23 at Ruth Eckerd Hall at Clearwater, Fla.

The U.S. tour starts tonight at the Rama Casino in Ontario, Canada. You can get Ringo tickets here.

Ringo Starr's artwork featuring a new set of self-portraits will be featured at exhibits at various points on the tour. On June 19, there will be an opening VIP reception and exhibition at Soho Contemporary Art Gallery. Ringo’s art will also be exhibited at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago and Ocean Gallery in Stone Harbor, N.J., as well as online at the Ringo Starr Art website.

As he has done in past years, on his 74th birthday on July 7, Ringo is inviting everyone around the world to join him at noon their time in a Peace & Love celebration. This year, Ringo will be in front of the Capitol Records tower in Los Angeles.

At 8 p.m. ET July 13, AXS-TV will premiere “Ringo Starr: A Lifetime Of Peace And Love,” featuring the tribute to Ringo done this past Jan. 20 at the El Rey Theater in Los Angeles by the David Lynch Foundation. Those featured in the show will be his brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette, The Head & The Heart and Jesse Elliot and Lindsey McWilliams of Ark Life, and a backing band featuring Don Was, Benmont Tench, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Kenny Arnoff. The tribute launched the Lynch Foundation's Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund to help heal trauma and stress through meditation.

As Beatles Examiner reported recently, Ringo is among those featured in a documentary about blues legend B.B. King called “B.B. King: The Life of Riley” which comes to DVD on June 17. Others seen in the film are President Barack Obama, Joe Walsh, Bruce Willis, Bono, Carlos Santana, Buddy Guy, Dr. John, Leon Russell, John Mayall, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger and Bonnie Raitt. In February, Simon & Schuster published “Octopus’s Garden,” a children’s book based on Ringo’s lyrics that contained a CD with a new version of the song.

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