An amazingly good show by our Ritchie, this was truly a great opportunity for fans to view Ringo's powerful live performance, which is almost always shared with other people (all Starrs etc.). Many think that this is the
most important live CD ever released by Ringo.
Now the show seems to be based on artists speaking about their songs. So this is the transcript of the spoken texts between the songs, just as a way of appreciating the music also:
"Folk's, please welcome Ringo Starr and The Roundheads!"
Ringo sings "With A Little Help From My Friends"
"Thank you! Thank you! Ha! ha!
Thank you. That song has given me a thirty year career.
Anyway, the story about that song, the original first verse to that was
"What would you do if I sang out of tune, would you throw a tomato at me"
And I said, "I'm not singing that!"
Ah, it was so exciting!
This next song we're gonna do is gonna be called "It Don't Come Easy".
I wrote this song with the one and only George Harrison! Let's hear it for George!!
And we wrote it in the early seventies and, you know, George was very much into spiritual
things, and so we were writing this song and we got to like the last verse and he sang "God"
"Oh no, George, I don't sing about God, you sing about God. "
So he, hum, hum, "Hare Krishna"
"No, no, I don't, you sing about Hare Krishna, I don't think so"
"But what about "Peace" ok?"
So we settled on the word "peace" and you'll hear it when we get to it."
Sings "It Don't Come Easy"
"Thank you! Thank you!
Peace and love, peace and love.
Ah, the next number we're gonna do is the first track tonight from my new album
called "Vertical Man" and it's called "I Was Walkin'"
"I Was Walkin'"
Host: "Please, Ringo, another story, please, tell them a story"
Ringo: -"Ok, this is one of them I wrote on piano, ha, and this was the first song that was ever written by me and put on a record when I was in that other band.
I'd written lots of songs before this one but they wouldn't do 'cause I had this knack
of rewriting, you know, (singing) "I did it my way" and I just changed 'em or something
and they'd be rolling on the floor "now he's written another one!!"
Anyway, so this was the very first song and I love it and I'm playing the first part on
piano for you, lucky people.
And, ha, ha, anyway, goes like this:"
Ringo sings "Don't Pass Me By"
Very nice indeed. Thank you.
I even saw some youngsters on the front singing it.
"Aah..."Back Off Boogaloo"
Not yet! Not yet! I've got a story!
This one came about in a dream....came about because Marc Bolan was a good friend of mine,
from T.Rex...yeah, God bless him!.
And he came for dinner one night and Marc was just an energized guy, full of it...
Anyway, came for dinner, or hanging out, sit around, and he used to speak like "ooh back off boogaloo", "ooyoo booboo"
was all that "back off boogaloo"
- "Do you want some potatoes?"
- "ooboo boogaloo!"
And..ha, ha, so, you know, he left and I went to bed that night, you know, you're getting to that like weird zone
when you're not quite asleep and you're not really awake and this thing started coming from like the back of my...
I was singing "back off boogaloo, I said, back off boogaloo, I said, back off boogaloo"
This is without drugs! Ha! ha!
And...so I gotta get up, I gotta get up and put this, this bit down, you know, I really loved it, but the problem was that
I ran downstairs to put it on on a taperecorder and every damn taperecorder was broken, no batteries,
I had no batteries, the real ones, you know, it was just a mess.
But the worst thing that was happening, as I was trying to keep that melody in my mind.."back off boogaloo"
something was really going weird because it was turning into (hums "Mack The Knife")
I said "No! No! Not Mack The Knife! No!"
I was like "Back off Boogaloo"...where's the tape?
So anyway, I stole batteries from the kids toys and in the end I got it down. Ha, ha!"
"Back Off Boogaloo" and "King Of Broken Hearts" are played.
Actually, four guys wrote that song. Put any four guys together trying to write a song and
it's all sob stories.
Anyway, this next song was written in the sixties of course and was called "Octopus's Garden"
There's a long, long, grown out story to this, you know. We were doing the "White Album".The Beatles, that is.
Let's hear it for the "White Album"! I loved it!
And it just was one of these times in my life and we were making this album and I just felt that the other three
were really friendly and I was like out of the picture...Mr Lonely Guy.
So..oooh...so anyway, I couldn't take the pain anymore so I went and knocked on John's door and I said,
-"Eh, you know, I gotta talk to you because, you know, I feel you three are really close and, you know,
I'm out the picture.."
And he said, "I thought it was you three!"
So I went over to Paul's, knocked on..., said, "eh, you know I think, you know, I just feel that you three are really close,
you, George and John, you know, and I'm, I'm just out the picture..."
And he said, "I thought it was you three!"
So I said, "I'm going on holiday!"
So I went on holiday to Sardinia and just by chance some guy lent us his boat. It was great in those days,
they lent you anything.
And we were on the boat with the kids and I said to the captain, "I'd like some fish and chips for lunch." ha ha.
And he said, "Oh, okay." In Sardinian of course.
And so we went swimming, doing what we do and we came back and he said, "Well, your dinner is ready."
And we went and sat around the table and we recognized the chips, the french fries, but we didn't recognize the other stuff
and I said, "Hey! What's this, what's this fish?"
- "Oh, that's octopus."
- "Uh, we don't eat octopus! Yack! We're from Liverpool, you know what I mean, we don't eat octopus!"
Anyway, through the course of that afternoon I was just chatting with the guy and he said
"Ooh, do you know..." I'm trying to do Peter Sellers, "Ooh, do you know about octopus's
"Octopus!" and....ha ha ha...
And he said, "Do you know they live they live, you know, on the bottom in caves and they go around the ocean bed
and they pick up shiny things and they put them in fron of their caves."
Well, it just blew me away, actually, and you know, in those days I had one of those herbal cigarettes
which bent my head, ha, and I just thought this was so beauitiful that I wrote this song called "Octopus's Garden"
And it goes like this..."
"Octoups's Garden" and "Photograph"
Yeah...gonna change the guitars now...
Like to do the first single from my new
album "Vertical man"
and the song is called "La De Da" and I did it with Mark, who produced it,
Mark Hudson, and it goes like this..."
"La De Da", "What In The... World", "Love Me Do" in a very bluesy version and a reprise of "With A Little Help From My Friends" come after that one. Show ends
"Peace, remember, peace is how we make it" ~
Ringo Starr, 1971