Ringo Starr on Paul McCartney’s Genius, Writing Octopus’ Garden High & The Beatles Farting HabitsFeb 20, 2022
tonight he's the most famous drummer in the history of the world you know him from the band rory storm and the hurricanes and the
beatleshis new book is called up is on sale exclusively at julian'sauctions.com please welcome
starruh that's great having you here and we're all excited and we don't get very excited but we do get excited when you're here and thank you for coming back because the last time you were here wasn't that long ago but I felt like I haven't had enough it feels like it was last week it feels like it was last week it was actually september i'm still tired i tend to be exhausting yeah since the last time you were here i think thanksgiving weekend the get back documentary about the
beatlescame out and it was absolutely great , I'm sure you liked it even more than I did, but I loved it and it worked so well, I felt like everyone I know saw that you all felt that way.
I also imagine you really felt like all of our outsiders yeah, sure, what do people ask you the most? Like there's a moment in the documentary where people mention you more often than others. No, I think the general question. That's how cool it was, yeah, right, you know what I mean, they would say and you know, because we started with nothing and then we ended up on the roof. I loved that we went to the roof because we always go with the Beatles. to india we go to everest we go here we go ah sonic we go to the roof and that's what we did you know I'm just going back to abby road with another one we go to the alps we go to india we go well just cross the street yeah and you know it worked every time oh yeah, no need there's a moment I think there's a couple of months there's a moment that I remember in particular when
paulwas playing the piano yeah and singing and you were just looking at him yeah, and he said something like why do we need just leave it?
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We could just watch him do this and you were so captivated by the
geniusof him oh I'm always captivated by Paul's
genius, I loved seeing that. It really was something, it had something, oh yeah, sure, but it's an old time because you guys have been together for a week, we've been friends, you know, to a lot of people it seemed like that went away quickly, yeah, and obviously it did. Doesn't it remind me of the way Guillermo looks at me? I have time. I have to tell you, he was looking at me like that in the bathroom.
I told you not to go near the guest bathroom. Guillermo, please, I'm sorry, we have a postcard, uh, this. It's a postcard that Paul sent you, yeah, it was the day it arrived, the day after that rooftop concert on January 31, 1969, he wrote, you're the best drummer in the world, really, yeah,
ringo, yeah , I was a little disappointed. so late, it's nice, it's very sweet to say he's a beautiful boy, he is, you know he sent me, uh, he was on the show and he sent me a postcard and you know he hadn't said, please stay out of my yard . he calls the police, yes really, but it's not the same feeling, but it was still nice of him to defend that he's a good guy.
We also got to see you and George
writingyour song Octopus's Garden, yeah, and that's how the idea of an
gardener or an
octopuscame about because on the white album I left the curve and left the band because I didn't think I was being a part of it and he was playing really well and you know, I was always that guy that Come on, I went and knocked on John's door and I said man, you know, I feel like you three are so close, you know, and I'm out of this and he goes, I thought which was you three and then I went to Paul's house and said, uh, hi. man, yeah, you know, I have to tell you, I feel like I'm not part of the band and I'm not playing well and he said, you know, you three are very close, he says, I thought it was you three.
So I flew to Sardinia while leaving here. I went to Sardinia and you know, I worked with Peter Sellers and his boat was there, uh-huh, so he lent us his boat for that in those days. two of my children and two things happened: one was the babysitter we had with us, she was carrying Jason, he was a little boy and she we were climbing rocks and then she stopped and said, take the baby, what take the baby, she said, take the baby. baby. so I grabbed my son and said well, what's going on? and there was an octopus wrapped around the leg, you know, I mean, I would have thrown that kid a mile, yeah, so take the baby, but we also went to that lunch on Pete's boat. and uh, it was fish and chips, you know, from Liverpool and uh, they gave us what the hell is this, it was octopus and chips, was that the one on his leg?
No, well, I don't think so and anyway we finished lunch and In those days it was like you knew there was freedom when you were in Sardinia to smoke dope and I was in a great mood and the weather was fantastic and I was in the deck and the captain came out and said, We know we realized we didn't want your octopus. He said: Do you know what octopuses find at the bottom of the ocean? They are pretty rocks and cans, they have actually been thrown from other ships and surround them like a
garden. Well, when you're
high, that is.
Best idea, yeah, so I started because I had my guitar there and I played three chords, so it's all in three chords. There's another part of the footage that I don't think was where George was hanging around and I'm leaving. I wish I was crazy g and f b, whatever he said, uh, you know, I can only play in c and, uh, you know, that was really cool, yeah, absolutely, but anyway that's how it ended up being octopus garden like in that moment in That moment I would love to be under the sea with an octopus.
Now this is a photo that you posted on Sunday, yes, on Twitter, and uh, it's you, your wife Barbara, her sister Marjorie and your brother-in-law Joe Walsh, all, supporting you. the rams you watch nfl football i yes, yes the rams are your team in los angeles in los angeles I see you know they reached a point with the charges on the right you have to choose one aha I'm from Liverpool where you have Liverpool and Everton and the city is divided for one team from another, so my big team is Dallas, the Cowboys, really yes, and from the mid-70s I came to Los Angeles and stayed for a while.
I went to a guy's house and Dallas was playing and you know, I picked the team. Yeah, in the '70s, you either rooted for the Cowboys or the Steelers, unless you have no idea because I'm English, I rooted for the Cowboys and my next team. It was the Steelers, oh, that's right, yeah, oh, yeah, you can't do that, no, yeah, well, we forgive you, yeah, yeah, you, um, I was actually very involved with the Dallas team, the girls and the cheerleaders, yes, I went to Dallas to buy a house really because of the advice on a plane we flew there my friend and I looked at houses we went shopping we bought a pair of boots and we got back on the plane ringo stars with us his book is called up we will be right Back we need like an audience of some kind, whether it's a surprise audience like tomorrow or uh, that's the thing with these guys, no matter what was going on, always making music from wherever it came from, yeah, but the thing with that was we learned that when in a band, um, when we started and you know, if someone let a silent one go, they would try to get their way and it would cause terrible problems, I mean, well, it wasn't, yeah, you know , I mean, it reached people's minds. split up the band and actually that's how it was anyway we figured out, okay, it was me, you know, or it was him, it doesn't matter, but you just said it and everything calmed down, who was the gas beetle, oh
paulpaul, this book is what I have to do.
I say that because the other two are not with him, this book is very fun to read the pictures and the stories and it is very funny, I wrote it with the great David Wilde, a great writer, and can we put a couple of these Photographs? on the screen because I want to ask you about some of these photos, where are you in this shot? Remember? You have no idea that you're in bed and one of the things that I thought was interesting that you wrote was that even when you're very popular and on tour you only had two rooms, so you'd be two in a room, yeah, and you were traveling together. in the car how long did that last for the whole time you were on tour from the day I joined from Jordan day yeah it was like that as soon as we started touring you know Europe first and even Scotland yeah We'd have to stay, but normally, if it was in Britain that night, we'd drive home, you're driving right now.
We would drive 300 miles. at home, but when we started dating we only had two suites and we shared all the time. There were situations where they didn't have two beds, so you had to be in the same bed. Well, I don't want to talk about that. let's take another uh look at another picture uh from below there you are yeah on the roof baby up on the roof um what do you remember about this what was that oh this was great it was cold and it was raining but we played together we were playing live I mean we hadn't done that in years, you know, we had been in the studio and played that way together, but just uh, that jacket, that red jacket, um, whose jacket was that Maureen's, that was your wife's jacket, Maureen , if I?
I tried not to get wet, yeah, yeah, we got another picture here, oh yeah, there's your George, look at that, that was before I was in the Beatles, that was when I was with Rory and we were just getting to know each other, yeah, and I think I have one more here this is uh yeah with staying off the grass in those days that was pretty funny who was the funniest stoner out of you four how would I know you're about to get the all-star band back together? Thank you sir, I mean, yes, thank you, maybe you can keep doing it, I mean the last two years, you know, I had four tours scheduled and we didn't do any of them because of the pandemic and this year it was saying yes to May and June and If everything is fine, things will be fine, who will be in the band with you?
Well, it's all the same band that was with me in 2020-19, okay, and now I've brought in Edgar Windsor, oh wow. you went off the page, it's so cool, I should have it here because it's cool, well we'd love to have it here, you know, Steve Luke has his own guitar, I've got Colin Hay Hamish on bass, the other drummer. it's uh what's his face oh thank you greg phillips telling me who my drummer greg bisson man is and we had a lot of fun and he's really you know I've had greg for the last 200 years it seems like yeah I think he might be I don't remember his name, yeah yeah, but when you're Ringo there's only one drummer, will you and Greg share a room?
No, no, no, don't stay like a girl, those are completely gone. I love that you like to go out and play. I love it. Playing, that was the beginning of my life, playing with so many legends and you are a legend and rock and roll. When they come to the show, sometimes they're not that excited about playing or whatever, but I know you love it. go play Paul when he was here we asked him to do three songs yeah he did 17 songs yeah yeah and it was just one of the great nights of my life I mean it was incredibly cool and he loved it and it was so in that and maybe that's part of it or maybe when you have this powerful magic that you have, you know you have to understand that everyone does that when we were playing in Liverpool we were playing and no one finished, you know, thinking oh in 20 years I will live in Los Angeles or whatever, I mean, America was like the place to be.
We just played because we loved playing and they told you we were getting gigs and then we got more gigs and then he became quite well known, you know, and then we went to Amsterdam and we met there, Denmark and Spain. The most important thing is that we came from Sweden and there were all the children at the airport to Heathrow and we didn't even know him. Sullivan comes from New York and he doesn't know us either, so they took advantage of the reaction that we were giving them books to come to New York, come to the United States, so you know you can't plan that, no, you can't, it's like.
Angry, I read things in your book, you said you told that story in the book, but you said I'm not sure that really happened, but I think it happened well, oh that sounds like David, that's what happened, I I mean coming to the United States. It was so big for us, well we're so happy to have it, yeah, I think I speak for all of us, yeah, and this book, all the proceeds go to charities for their charities, they go to the lotus foundation, the foundation lotus is called, he raised it. It is for sale exclusively at Julian's Auctions.com.
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