The Starr Impressed Blogger At Preview For Ringo: Peace And Love Display in L.A.
He laughed, he joked and showed off a quick wit.
Ringo Starr demonstrated why he’s been such a popular personality during a press event to introduce the Los Angeles and music industry media – and Pubclub.com – to an exhibition at the GRAMMY Museum dedicated to his music. Some of the media acted more like fans in that they prefaced questions with things like “thank you so much,” to which Starr quickly quipped, “no thank YOU so much!”
I had never met Ringo Starr, only seen him on mostly on TV and in videos, so I knew nothing about him, really, from a personality standpoint. And let me say I was quite impressed. One of the descriptions in the Grammy Museum mentioned he was so popular because of his sense of humor. I experienced it first-hand and thus would have to agree with those words.
He also looked fit. I was amazed at the small – tiny, really – suits from the Beatles in one of the displays. Then he came out on the stage in the Grammy’s theater and was as thin as I was way back in college (that’s many beers ago). He’s got the girth of a marathon runner.
Starr also looked like he was maybe in his 40s. He had a bounce in his step and tons of energy.
As far as the museum’s exhibit – which runs from now thru next March – it contains a treasure trove of Starr and Beatles memorabilia. Real fans could spend a couple of hours just looking at his wardrobe, photos and stare at the drums he used on that famous Beatles performance on the Ed Sullivan Show. In the theater, there’s a great 17-minute film about his life and career.
I even took him up on his offer to sing and record “Yellow Submarine!” One of the displays is in a little room, about the size of one of those photo booths, in which a video version of Ringo invites you to record the song. I did it with a bunch of other media people laughing over my shoulder (let me just say my musical talents involve playing instruments, not singing).
Other people were playing drums listening to Ringo give tips. The display, you see, is as interactive as it is reflective and informative.
The exhibition is called Ringo: Peace And Love, and you have to love that, too, of course.
Admission is just $12.95 for adults, and I highly recommend it when you are at LA Live or visiting downtown L.a. The Grammy Museum’s address is at 800 West Olympic Blvd. That’s at the intersection of Olympic and Figueroa Street.
GRAMMY Museum Website: www.grammymuseum.org.