Ringo Starr brought out The Beach Boys to play The Beatles song ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’ during a recent performance in Chicago.
Starr and his band were booked as headliners for the Ravinia Festival, one of oldest outdoor music festival in the United States. As Starr rolled through a series of hits taken from his extensive back catalogue, the former Beatles drummer successfully combined material from his solo career with that of the band in a rousing performance.
Having played fan favourites such as ‘Don’t Pass Me By’, Yellow Submarine and more, Starr also produced cover versions of Toto, Buck Owens and Carl Perkins in a fulfilled performance. For his final act though, the 79-year-old had something very special planned to close the show.
Having seen The Beach Boys perform at the festival the same day, Starr invited Mike Love and the band back to the stage for a performance of 1967 Beatles classic ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.
The song, famously featured as part of Beatles’ eighth studio album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, was written by Paul McCartney and John Lennon with the sole intention of being the featured vocal for drummer Starr. Paul McCartney once said: “It was pretty much co-written, John and I doing a work song for Ringo, a little craft job.”
With that same mentality, crafting together some old friends, enjoy Ringo’s performance below.