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Monday 20 November 2017

Ringo in u-turn on Liverpool

Ringo Starr has said he was only joking when he said he didn't miss Liverpool
Ringo Starr has said he was only joking when he said he didn't miss Liverpool

Ringo Starr has spoken of his "love" for Liverpool, three years after he made a TV swipe at his hometown.

The former Beatle told Jonathan Ross on his chat show in 2008 there was "nothing" he missed about the city.

But speaking after a performance ahead of a European tour - which includes a date in Liverpool - the 70-year-old Fab Four drummer said: "There's lots I miss, of course.

"I did that joke with Jonathan Ross and I'm still paying for it, it seems - where three people from the Wirral complained. But of course I love Liverpool."

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band played the intimate gig for a handful of fans an well as journalists from around the world in a huge aircraft hangar, best known for being the studio for Top Gear.

They performed four tracks for the audience, who sang along and clapped.

They finished the short set with a rendition of the Beatles Sgt Pepper classic With A Little Help From My Friends, for which Ringo stood down from his drums and clapped his hands over his head.

Speaking of his fondness for Liverpool, Ringo added: "I was brought up there. My family is still there - not my Mum and Dad of course. I have such memories of Liverpool. Liverpool is very close to my heart."

Referring to the Jonathan Ross comments, he said: "People in Liverpool, my friends in Liverpool still, and my family, they thought it was funny."

The band's 28 date tour starts in Kiev, Ukraine on June 4 and it is Ringo's first UK tour since 1998.

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