After poor album sales, Ringo speaks out against music press

    Remember Ringo Starr? The musically maligned former Beatles drummer, who remains a former Beatle all the same? If you didn’t know he had a new album out, don’t feel bad: no one did.  His new album, Liverpool 8, sold just 7,000 copies in its first week in January, good for #94 on the Billboard chart. Imagine if you told your parent in 1965 that a Beatle would ever have an album debut at #94, much less with a number as puny as 7,000. The lack of media attention to the new material old guys, even former Beatles, left Ringo out in the cold, according to Ringo:

    “It’s difficult with record sales,” Starr, 67, says, calling from tour rehearsals in Niagara Falls, Ontario. “I’m doing OK, but it’s hard to get the play you want. It’s just how it is. If you’re over 21, it’s difficult. I don’t think it’s only for me. I think it’s most people who’ve been around for awhile. There’s still artists coming through from the same era, so there’s a lot of us still out there, and it’s difficult – and there’s a lot of new people. There’s only so much room.” 

    As a result of dissapointing sales, Ringo’s taken it on himself to renew the power of his name with a massive tour one that, somewhat strangely, features only one song from Liverpool 8 in its regular repertoire. The supporting All-Starrs (hur hur) are on tour with the following remaining planned dates:


    07.02 Clearwater, FL: Ruth Eckerd Hall

    07.03 Hollywood, FL: Hard Rock Live (Seminole)

     07.05 Biloxi, MS: Beau Rivage

    07.06 Nashville, TN: Wildhorse Saloon

    07.08 Kettering, OH: Fraze Pavillion

    07.09 Milwaukee, WI:Potawatomi Casino

    07.11 Windsor, ON: Casino Windsor Limited

    07.12 Mount Pleasant. MI: Soaring Eagle Casino

    07.13 Chicago, IL:  Charter One Pavillion/Northerly Isle

    07.14 Prior Lake, MN:  Mystic Lake Celebrity Palace

    07.18 Airway Heights, WA: Northern Quest Casino

    07.19 Woodinville, WA: Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery

    07.20 Troutdale, OR: Edgefield

    07.22 Lemoore, CA: Tachi Palace Hotel & Casino

    07.23 Saratoga, CA: The Mountain Winery

    07.25 Reno, NV: Silver Legacy

    07.26 Primm, NV: Star of the Desert Arena

    07.27 San Diego, CA: Humphrey’s By The Bay

    07.29 Pala, CA: Pala Casino

    07.31 Phoenix, AZ: Dodge Theatre,

    08.01 Indio, AZ: Fantasy Springs Casino

    08.02 Los Angeles, CA: Greek Theatre


    A former Beatle doing the casino circuit? At least he had the decency to avoid Branson, MO.