Unconfirmed reports indicate that a new Ringo Starr studio album, possibly titled “What’s My Name,” is due for release Oct. 25.
Guest performers on the new album are said to include Paul McCartney, current All Starr Band members Steve Lukather and Colin Hay, Ringo’s brother-in-law Joe Walsh and frequent collaborator Dave Stewart.
Here’s an unconfirmed track listing that is circulating: “Got to Get Up to Get Down,” “It’s Not Love That You Want,” “Grow Old With Me,” “Magic,” “Money,” “Better Days,” “Life Is Good,” “Thank God for Music,” “Send Love, Spread Peace” and “What’s My Name.”
Meanwhile, Beatlefan London Editor Simon Rogers and reader Bart van der Loojj report that Jack Douglas said during International Beatleweek in Liverpool on Sunday that he produced the lead single off Ringo’s new album, featuring Paul and Ringo sharing vocals. Douglas added it was sensational. Van der Looij added that Douglas said Walsh is on the new single. Paul also is said to play bass on the track, according to another source. It hasn’t been confirmed, but speculation is centering on the track being John Lennon’s “Grow Old With Me.” (See clarification from Douglas below on his role in the track.)
Also, as was reported in Beatlefan #239, a reunion of the living former members of the All Starr Band is planned for the finale of Ringo’s show Sept. 1 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, which will mark the 30th anniversary of the All Starr Band. Ringo already confirmed to our Peter Palmiere at his birthday celebration that Nils Lofgren is on the list of those expected to attend, and he said he’s trying to get as many All Starrs as possible, though he declined to confirm any other names.
ASB musical director Mark Rivera reportedly is flying in from New York City for a closed rehearsal planned for the day before the show. The last time they did a closed rehearsal like that was before Ringo’s 70th birthday, when the surprise onstage guest was McCartney. Ever since Ringo joined Paul onstage for his tour closer at Dodger Stadium July 14, there’s been widespread speculation that Macca will return the favor. (See update below.)
They both also are expected to attend a press launch for the “Abbey Road” 50th anniversary edition in London, sometime in September.
UPDATE: Tom Frangione reports the “With a Little Help From My Friends” finale at the Greek Theatre show featured just a few former All Starrs: Lofgren, Walsh, Richard Page, Wally Palmar, Edgar Winter, Eric Carmen and Jim Keltner. No McCartney.
UPDATE 2: In case you haven’t checked the comments below, one has been posted by Jack Douglas that says: “I did not say I produced Ringo’s track. I did say I was a part of the track. How I was involved will be clear when the track is released. Ringo produces his own stuff and does an excellent job of it.”
— Bill King