Why Ringo Starr Feels Bad For Younger Bands

Help! Younger bands need somebody.

by Alisha Jackson

When Bloomberg Businessweek asked Ringo Starr if the challenges for emerging artists are the biggest change from when the Beatles began, Ringo responded with an irritated “yes.”

“Yes. I go crazy, because if you want to open for a well-known band you have to pay; management makes you pay. Who is giving back? I did a Ringo tour once and had a local band at every gig open for us just to give them exposure. Nobody is helping anybody.”

“For an artist starting off, there’s no clubs for them to play in,” he continued. “The venues have gone down. It’s very hard now. It’s easier to become a celebrity on a TV show as a band for four months than work solidly. People think it just happened—we just woke up one morning and were Beatles. That’s not true. We worked very hard with the venues and put in the time.”

According to Ringo, the Beatles would still be touring to this day, if John Lennon and George Harrison were still alive. “We would. We would have gotten over our difficulties and gotten on the road again.”

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