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Ringo Starr opens up about performing live with Paul McCartney: “It lifts everything, in a joyous way”

Ringo Starr has been discussing his current relationship with former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, explaining his feelings of joy in being able to still perform live together.

While it took a long time for the two surviving Beatles members to join forces in their solo lives, the two iconic rockstars have shared the stage a handful of times in recent years before heading back into the studio on a collaborative solo Starr project.

Reflecting on their relationship in 2021, Starr said: “I love that, getting up with him,” Starr told The Irish News. “We did it at the O2 in England [in 2018]. And then he called me and he said, ‘I’m doing Dodger Stadium, if you want to do a few numbers’.”

He added: “So he picked three numbers, and I got up and went down there. And it’s magic for the audience as well as us. I love playing with him.

“The audience is like, ‘Oh, there’s two of them! Wow’. It lifts everything, in a joyous way. So, yeah, I had a great time.”

For Starr, who has enjoyed a supremely successful solo career since The Beatles split, remains close friends with McCartney despite their changing landscape: “We’re still pals,” he said of their relationship.

“We don’t hang out with each other a lot. But if we’re in the same country, and if we’re in the same town we always have a dinner, and we say hi or he comes over here or I go over to his house.”