Ringo Starr announces livestream 80th birthday gig with Paul McCartney and more

1 July 2020, 11:20 | Updated: 1 July 2020, 11:54

The Beatles legend has announced Ringo's Big Birthday Show will take place on 7 July and will be livestreamed on his YouTube Channel.

Sir Ringo Starr has announced a special livestream benefit show for his 80th birthday.

The former Beatles drummer - who has held Peace and Love birthday concerts for over a decade - is set for a special livestream show, which will include his ex-bandmate Sir Paul McCartney.

Ringo's Big Birthday Show - which will include performances from a variety of stars - will also raise money for Black Lives Matter Global Network, MusiCares, The David Lynch Foundation and WaterAid.

Also set to be on the lineup are the likes of Sheryl Cole, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Gary Clark Jr. and more, plus the event promises exclusive at-home performance and previously unseen footage.

Ringo announced the change of plans due to the coronavirus pandemic in a You Tube video.

As everyone knows I love gathering with fans for peace and love on my birthday” said the Yellow Submarine singer. "But this year, I want everyone to be safe at home – so I called up a few friends and we put this Big Birthday Show together so we could still celebrate my birthday with you all, with some great music for some great charities."

Last year, the musician was joined by the likes of David Lynch, Peter Jackson, Nils Lofgren, Sheila E., Benmont Tench and Ed Begley, Jr. as he celebrated his 79th birthday in style.

Watch Ringo Big Birthday Show on Tuesday 7 July from 12pm.

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Ringo Starr performs at the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in 2019
Ringo Starr performs at the 50th anniversary of Woodstock in 2019. Picture: ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images

Ringo Starr - who is a proud Liverpudlian - last took to Twitter to congratulate Liverpool F.C on winning the Premier League for the first time in 30 years.

Sharing the football team's emblem he wrote: "Congratulations Liverpool number one I send you peace and love."

READ MORE: Did John Lennon Say Ringo “Wasn’t Even The Best Drummer In The Beatles”?

Ringo has also shared his support for the Black Lives Matter movement, writing: "As my brother Paul said The Beatles always stood for equal rights&justice and I’ve never stopped working for peace&love ever since. #blacklivesmatter ,#peaceispossible-I send my peace love&continuous support to everyone marching & speaking up for justice & a better world".

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