Ringo Starr explains the cover of “Rock Around the Clock” on a new EP
Ringo Starr has stated that he is covering the classic “Rock Around the Clock” by Bill Haley & His Comets for his new EP, Change the world, was a blast in his past – and more personal than most people think.
He said in a virtual press conference that he was approaching his 15th birthday in 1955 and confined to a sanatorium in Liverpool, suffering from tuberculosis. “I had been there for about a year and was doing pretty well,” Starr recalls. “I had my seventh day in the hospital on my 14th birthday, and I didn’t want to spend my 15th there. My mom spoke to the doctors, so they decided to let me out.”
Freed, Starr went to a local theater to see Jungle blackboard, which featured “Rock Around the Clock” in its soundtrack. “I’m sitting there – I’ve been to the hospital, I don’t know much about what’s going on lately – and they tore the cinema up,” he recalls. “They just threw the chairs away, went crazy. I said, ‘Wow, that’s great!’ I remember that moment like it was yesterday. “
Winking at the new version, Starr continued, “So I said,” Well I’m gonna do ‘Rock Around the Clock’ because it’s my EP and I can do whatever I want. . It was just one of those moments I was sitting down and I was like, ‘Hey, I’m gonna do’ Rock Around the Clock ‘for all these good reasons.’ “
However, it took a few passes to get to the right trail. “I made it kind of a brush version, the old fashioned way,” Starr said. “Then I thought, ‘No, put the sticks on. Then it changed. Then I called Joe Walsh [Starr’s brother-in-law], and he shook, and it’s a [different] solo. You listen to covers of ‘Rock Around the Clock’ and everyone is playing the same solo. “
“Rock Around the Clock” is one of four tracks on Change the world, which follows another EP, Enlarge, which Starr released in March. The work, he told UCR in a separate conversation, “saved my life” during the pandemic. “[Zoom In] was to keep me busy, but this one was again sitting down wondering what to do and, ‘Well, let’s go in and see what happens,’ “he explains.
“It’s been a really nice way to work, and it’s not, like, 10 tracks. You have four tracks and you’re still excited at the end, and then you move on. I don’t know if that is. is how it’s going to be in the future, but I’m already like, ‘I think I’m going to do another one.’ “
A son Enlarge and the rest of his solo catalog, Starr gets a lot of help from his friends, old and new, on Change the world. Toto’s Steve Lukather – also a longtime member of the drummer’s All-Starr Band – and Joseph Williams co-wrote the socially responsible lead track “Change the World”. Linda Perry, whom Starr had never met before, created “Come Undone” especially for the EP, and her improvised “throat solo” inspired Starr to reach out to Trombone Shorty, who in turn added a entire brass section to piece.
“I like meeting people or working with people that I don’t know,” Starr said. “I knew but never met Linda, and she wrote this great song for me – just like Diane Warren on [Zoom In]. I like it when it goes like that, where you have it all and where people send things to me and I send them back and you never know where the movements are coming from. It’s been a good way to go out, a good way to do stuff at home, because they have all these little studios, it seems, and then put them together. “
After two releases this year and five album releases in the 10s, Starr is now eager to hit the road again. The All-Starr Band tours were canceled in 2020 and it will not be released this year. But Starr says he’s been approached with dates for 2022, and he remains cautiously optimistic. “I have the tour scheduled for next year,” he notes. “They’ve already sent me the route, but it’s impossible to tell now if it’s on. I say in my heart it’s on, but let’s see where we are. I want to be on tour.
“Getting through the pandemic has not been easy. But what makes it easier for me is that I have the chance to make music here or send files and hang out with people. other musicians. I am blessed. “
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