Another year, another shoutout for "Peace and Love" by Ringo Starr on his birthday. The onetime Beatle turned 79 Sunday.
On Sunday, Ringo gathered longtime friends and musical colleagues -- a group that included David Lynch, Jenny Lewis, Benmont Tench, Sheila E, Nils Lofgren, Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Peter Asher, Don Was and Richard Lewis -- in front of L.A.'s Capitol Records tower for a countdown to the worldwide noon (PT) shoutout via his social media.
After that, Ringo led the gathered crowd of hundreds in singing "Happy Birthday" to him.
Finally, Ringo cut the first slice of a large birthday cake. Ringo explains how he first got introduced to the concept of "Peace and Love" during the famous Summer of Love in San Francisco 52 years ago.
Ringo Starr talked about his introduction to the concept of Peace and Love:
“For us, the peace and love started in the sort of middle ‘60s when mainly San Francisco became known for it and they were putting flowers in the rifles of the soldiers and that. And that’s where it started, y’know, and you never know when things start where they’re gonna end.”
Sunday was the 11th year for the annual birthday event, and a return to L.A. after last year's at the Hard Rock Café in Nice, France.