Many people were upset when the Beatles — one of the most revered and iconic rock ‘n roll groups of all times — broke up. Apparently, no one was more distressed than musician and drummer, Ringo Starr. He recently admitted that he spent the 1970s and 1980s in a drunken haze because of the group’s dissolution, and that he felt “lost.” He entered rehab with wife Barbara Bach in 1988. Starr said the following, according to the Huffington Post.
“I was drunk. Some of those years are absolutely gone….I was mad. For 20 years. I had breaks in between of not being….It got progressively worse, and the blackouts got worse, and I didn’t know where I’d been, what I’d done. I knew I had the problem for years. But it plays tricks with your head. Very cunning and baffling is alcohol.”
But things have looked up recently for the multi-talented musician. Starr, 74, recently released a new solo album entitled Postcards from Paradise, which has great ratings on Amazon from customers. And on April 18, he will receive a long-overdue honor. He will be the last Beatle inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist, and will receive an Award for Musical Excellence. He was already a member as a member of the Beatles.
Ringo credits Paul McCartney for the upcoming honor. He indicated that McCartney spoke with the powers that be at the Hall of Fame, which led to his becoming a member. Paul McCartney will do the induction honors, and Joe Walsh of the Eagles will perform Starr’s music. Starr stated the following regarding the upcoming event, according to The Celebrity Café.
“They were all surprised that I wasn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame….And [Paul] talked to somebody and they’re going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he’s going to give me away like I’m the bride and I will accept….Even though there’s very little record industry left, I like to make records because I write. I write with songwriters; I play with other good musicians. Because it’s what I do.”
Time surely flies. The Beatles’ final concert was August 29, 1966, at Candlestick Park in San Francisco. Paul and Ringo show that former Beatles continue to get by with a little help from their friends.
According to an Inquisitr article, the influential band announced its break-up on April 9, 1970, a sad day for music lovers and the legions of fans of one of the most influential bands of all time.
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