Since July seventh, 2008, Ringo Starr has invited followers to affix him in spreading peace and love on his birthday. His name to motion: at midday on that date, say, assume or put up the phrases “#peaceandlove.”
For 14 years, his birthday want of “a wave of Peace and Love encircling the planet” has come to fruition with individuals throughout the globe collaborating. The custom launched in Chicago in 2008 on the Onerous Rock Café, the place he shared cupcakes. He has celebrated his birthday Peace and Love initiative yearly since in several locales, from Onerous Rock Cafes in New York, Hamburg, Germany and Nashville, to occasions at Capitol Data Tower in Los Angeles.
This yr, Starr marked the event of his 81st birthday surrounded by pals at his Peace signal sculpture in Beverly Gardens Park in Beverly Hills. In a recap video, individuals the world over — from Europe and Russia to Japan, the US and South and Central America — joined the celebration at regional gatherings in addition to by way of Zoom.
Final yr, as a result of pandemic, the occasion went digital. Ringo’s Big Birthday Show featured performances by Starr, Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Ben Harper and Dave Grohl, Sheryl Crow, Gary Clark Jr and Sheila E. The present was broadcast globally and it benefitted Black Lives Matter International Community, The David Lynch Basis, Musicares and WaterAid.