Ringo Starr has posted “Here's To The Nights,” the lead single to his upcoming EP, Zoom In. The new single, which was written by famed songwriter Dianne Warren, features backing vocals by Paul McCartney, Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, and Lenny Kravitz, others.
Ringo talked about “Here's To The Nights” in the project's official announcement, saying, “When Diane presented this song to me, I loved the sentiment of it. This is the kind of song we all want to sing along to, and it was so great how many wonderful musicians joined in. I wanted it out in time for New Year's because it feels like a good song to end a tough year on. So here’s to the nights we won’t remember and the friends we won’t forget — and I am wishing everyone peace and love for 2021.”
Making his first appearance on a Ringo project is the Doors' Robby Krieger, who supplies the guitar to the track “Zoom In Zoom Out.” No street date has been announced for the set.
The tracklisting to Zoom In is: “Zoom In Zoom Out,” “Here's To The Nights,” “Waiting For The Tide To Turn,” “Not Enough Love In The World,” and “Teach Ne To Tango.”
We spoke to Ringo during the recent sessions and he first revealed that Paul McCartney would be playing on the collection: “But he did come and play on. . . I'm makin' a new record, a new CD, and he did come over and play on one of the tracks for me. I'm actually far, far, along and we're, like, the last stage of fine-tuning and mixing. Like, two tracks left to finalize. Finish up this weekend and Monday I'm on the plane and headin' your way.”
A new limited-edition retrospective hardcover book titled Ringo Rocks: 30 Years Of The All Starrs, is available online for $39.99 at juliensauctions.com. 500 exclusive-limited hardcover “signature edition” books personally signed by Ringo Starr will be offered for $495 each. The proceeds of the book will benefit The Lotus Foundation whose mission funds supports, participates in and promotes charitable projects aimed at advancing social welfare in diverse areas including, but not limited to substance abuse, cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, battered women and their children, homelessness, and animals in need.
Ringo recalled finally hitting the road for his first All Starr Band tour in 1989: “I had recently cleaned up my act, but now I needed to find some way to get that act back out on the road. . . the truth is I'd never put a band together. . . Now I'd been in a band — I like to say, I've been in a few very good bands, actually. So, I got my phone book out — back then that was when we still had phone books — and I just started calling friends. That's really how things came together and how I formed the greatest 1-800 Band in Rock History.”
Ringo told us that his ultimate goal has always to be a working drummer playing with top musicians: “It's playing with a band, always has been with me. Playing drums, playing with good players, playing to an audience — it's still the best. There's certain nights when, where the band are all together, and the audience are all together, it's such an uplifting situation. That's the drug of it all — y'know, it's like you just sail away. It's great.”