Greeting her old friend Paul at the Q Awards 2007
LONDON (Reuters) – Former Beatle Ringo Starr kicked off celebrations on Friday as his home town Liverpool becomes European Capital of Culture for 2008.
Starr is being joined by more than 1,300 performers over this weekend to launch a year-long programme of 350 musical, dance and art events which organisers hope will attract an extra two million people to the city.
“The People’s Opening” got underway in front of St George’s Hall in the city centre at exactly 8:08 p.m., with rooftop performances by Starr, who premiered a new song, and other artists.
Other events planned for the year include a concert in June by Paul McCartney, at Anfield Stadium, home of Liverpool Football Club.
“It’s going to be a great year,” McCartney said when the plans were unveiled last September.
“I’m very proud of the city and I look forward to welcoming you all and showing you a good time.”
To date there is no news of DSB doing a concert. She has performed in Liverpool before, the most recent being at the Liverpool Summer Pops, an annual festival held in a huge big top. (This year it’s at the Arena.)
She blew their socks off. The audience went into orbit. Scousers are great. I made some new friends there, including a manager from the local radio station with an open invitation to visit the studios. I was surprised to really enjoy the city – The Beatles Museum, the Tate Gallery etc.
There is good and bad of course, like any city, but everyone was so welcoming, with that dry sense of humour.
John Lennon was once asked if Ringo was the best drummer in the world. “He’s not even the best drummer in the Group!” was his reply.
Good luck to everyone involved with the Year Of Culture – just try and book DSB if you can!
Liverpool Summer Pops 2008
July 1 – 31 2008
Presented by The Liverpool Echo
The Liverpool Summer Pops have become established as an important part of the European summer music calendar.
Attracting audiences of over 100,000, the Pops is held every July, this year in its new home of the Liverpool Arena, in the heart of the 2008 European Capital of Culture, and among the world’s most famous music cities.