Ringo Starr was the guest of honor in a star-studded event thrown by the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace to recognize the former Beatles’ peace-promoting endeavors at Los Angeles’ El Rey Theatre on Monday.
Starr was presented the ‘Lifetime Of Peace and Love’ Award by Lynch, who was celebrating his 68th birthday that night, during the hour-long tribute concert featuring numerous special guests and performers, reports Rolling Stone.
Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono sent in video messages declaring their love for Ringo before Lynch honored Starr in a speech about his efforts promoting peace around the world.
“Everybody loves Ringo,” Lynch said according to ABC News. “Not just because he’s a Beatle, not just because he’s one of the tastiest drummers ever, but because he radiates that peace and love.”
Lynch’s foundation actively teaches transcendental meditation to at-risk youth, veterans and domestic violence victims. Starr also spoke about his own experiences practicing transcendental meditation beginning in 1968 where he studied with the Maharishi. Though he admitted that he took some time off from his own practices since then, Starr noted that for the past four years he meditates “364 days a year.”
The event was packed with a stellar lineup of performers paying tribute to Starr’s catalog of hits including Joe Walsh, who took the stage in between the Eagles shows at the Forum to jam at the benefit show. Walsh, whose wife is the sister of Starr’s wife Barbara Bach, performed his brother-in-law’s hit “Back Off Boogaloo.”
Other performers from the night included soul legend Bettye LeVette, Ben Folds, Ben Harper, Jesse Elliott and Lindsay Giles of Ark Life and more.
Don Was served as the house band’s musical director that included all star musicians Peter Frampton, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
Even Ringo himself took the stage to perform his song “Photograph” and got behind the kit on his song “Boys,” joking “I have to play something from the drums so you can see I can still hold the sticks.”
The night concluded with Starr leading a grand finale performance of “With A Little Help From My Friends” featuring a star-studded sing along from special guests Jim Carrey, Shelia E., and Edgar Winter.
This ceremony comes just days before Starr and McCartney are set to reunite at this year’s GRAMMY Awards, where they will receive the Lifetime Achievement Award during the ceremony on January 26th.
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