Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr has an all-star lineup on
tap for his upcoming solo album, Vertical Man (June 16). The 13-track
CD features cameos from ex-Beatles cohorts Paul McCartney and
George Harrison, as well as metal giant Ozzy Osbourne,
Beach Boys genius Brian Wilson, Stone Temple
Pilots singer Scott Weiland, Eagles members Timothy
B. Schmit and Joe Walsh, and singer/songwriter/producer Van
Dyke Parks. The album was produced by Mark Hudson
(Aerosmith), and it features a new recording of the Beatles' "Love Me
Do" with Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler on harmonica. Starr was
replaced by a session musician on the Fab Four's original version of the song.
Tyler also shows up -- along with rock singer Alanis Morissette -- on a
cover of Dobie Gray's "Drift Away." Some of the more interesting
combinations on the album -- Starr's 10th solo effort -- are "Mindfield," which
features Morissette, Tyler, Walsh and Weiland, and "La De Da" with McCartney,
Tyler, Walsh and Weiland.