In honor of his 70th birthday, [artist id=”16832″]Ringo Starr[/artist] threw himself a party on Wednesday at New York City’s iconic Radio City Music Hall … with a little help from all his famous friends.
It was, more correctly, a concert, one that saw Starr (backed by the latest incarnation of his All Starr Band) tear through more than two hours of [artist id=”969″]Beatles[/artist] tunes, covers, and even a solo hit or two, and, at the very end of the night, nearly bring the house down when he was joined onstage by his fellow former Beatle, Paul McCartney, according to RollingStone.com.
Somewhat fittingly, the two remaining members of the Fab Four took on the White Album cut “Birthday,” with McCartney singing lead and Starr on drums (just like the good old days), as the sold-out Radio City crowd justifiably went nuts. And at the song’s conclusion, with the late John Lennon’s widow Yoko Ono looking on from the side of the stage, McCartney and Starr embraced and walked off the stage to a standing ovation.
It was the first time the duo shared the stage since another Radio City gig, a benefit show headlined by McCartney in 2009 .
The Macca/Starr duet occurred just moments after an entire army of Starr’s famous friends — including Ono, Joe Walsh, Steve Van Zandt, Angus Young and Max Weinberg — joined him for another rather appropriate song, “With a Little Help From My Friends.” It was, in theory, the de facto finale, until McCartney sprinted onstage, much to the delight of everyone in the house.
What can we say? When Ringo Starr throws a party, he really throws a party.