Meet the Beatle: Russell Brand Interviews Ringo Starr in L.A.

Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr will never write a book about his life, he insisted during a “Town Hall" broadcast live yesterday on SiriusXM from the Troubadour in West Hollywood, Calif.

“I've been asked to write an autobiography of myself, but they really only want those eight years," he said with a laugh, referring to his time in the Beatles. “And I say, 'But there are 10 volumes before we get to that, and 20 afterwards.'"

The afternoon broadcast had Starr trading wisecracks and surreal repartee with host and inquisitor Russell Brand, who sat onstage next to the legendary drummer with a crazed grin, welcoming him to Los Angeles. “As you know, I was born in South Central," said the British Brand, wearing a leather jacket and long scarf. “Unfortunately, I'm a Crip and Ringo's a Blood."

The occasion was this week's release of Starr's new album, Ringo 2012, as an intimate crowd of satellite radio listeners read from prepared questions. One fan noted that Monday was the 43rd anniversary of the Beatles' famous rooftop concert in London—the band's final live public performance. “Is it, really?" Starr replied, caught by surprise.

Starr said he had just one disappointment with that historic 1969 concert, documented by a camera crew for the film Let It Be: “The police came to stop us, and I was on the roof: 'Come on, drag me off!' It would be so dramatic, and the damn cop wouldn't drag me off!"

He announced plans for a U.S. tour in 2012 and answered questions on his life and music, including the source of his influential drumming style, which owes something to being born left-handed while his grandmother—"the voodoo queen of Liverpool"—forced him to write with his right. He remains a lefty in everything else.

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