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Send Ringo the Birthday Present He Wants – Peace and Love


By News Team
Published on June 28, 2021

Ringo Starr

Ringo Starr has sent a message to fans around the world telling them what he’d like from them on his birthday. See Ringo give his message on YouTube here. He says “It would be really cool!”

It’s a tradition he began in 2008, when a reporter asked what he would like for his birthday. His answer: Peace and Love. Since the much-loved Beatle has invited everyone, everywhere to think, say or post #peaceandlove at Noon their local time on July 7th to fulfil his birthday wish and encircle the planet in a wave of Peace and Love.

Ringo’s Peace & Love Events - the Back Story

Usually Ringo meets with fans in whatever city he is in, a tradition that began on July 7, 2008 when he convened with fans and friends on the streets in front of the Hard Rock Café in Chicago, passing out cupcakes and joining the crowd for “Peace and Love” exactly at Noon.

In the ensuing years it has grown enormously and in 2019 there were over 30 Peace & Love events in countries all around the world including Argentina - Buenos Aires, Chascomus. Armenia - Yerevan. Australia - Sydney. Bolivia - La Paz. Brazil - Sao Paulo. Columbia - Bogota. Costa Rica - San Jose. Cuba - Habana. Czech Republic - Prague. El Salvador - San Salvador. Estonia - Tallin. Finland - Helsinki. Germany - Hamburg, Halle. Italy - Venice. Japan - Osaka, Tokyo. Panama - Panama City. Paraguay - Asunción. Peru - Lima. Russia - Moscow. Spain - Barcelona, Madrid. United Kingdom - London, Liverpool. United States - Chicago, Minneapolis, Hawaii, Los Angeles, New York City.

2020’s pandemic prevented an in-person event, and Ringo instead moved the celebration online, hosting “Ringo’s Big Birthday Show,” which featured unseen concert and unique performances by Starr, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper and Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr and Sheila E. The show was broadcast globally via AXS, YouTube and Ceek and it benefitted Black Lives Matter Global Network, The David Lynch Foundation, Musicares and WaterAid. Meanwhile the #peaceandlove posts came from near and far, with the Mars Rover and The International Space Station being the first to wish Ringo a Happy Birthday "From 260 miles above our home planet, NASA Astronauts wish Ringo Starr a happy 80th birthday! Since our orbiting laboratory operates in Greenwich Mean Time, or GMT, it’s officially July 7 - a perfect date to send #PeaceAndLove to everyone across the universe!"

Details about 2021 Peace and Love regional gatherings hosted by fans - both in person and Zoom - can be found on Ringo’s Facebook page, here with virtual and in person events already confirmed in Argentina, Costa Rica, Columbia, El Salvador, Germany, Guatamala, Japan, Italy, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Russia, Spain, Switzerland, UK, USA.

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