Ringo Starr’s phone rang Wednesday (July 7) at noon on the dot.
At the time, the legendary Beatles drummer was standing on a cement slab in Beverly Gardens Park in front of the 800-pound “Peace & Love” sculpture he donated to the city of Beverly Hills in 2019. Surrounded by friends, collaborators like Joe Walsh and family including wife Barbara Bach to celebrate his 81st birthday, Starr answered the Facetime call but promptly announced he had to return by explaining, “I’m a little busy.” The crowd erupted in laughter even though the main event had been completed seconds earlier.
Starr, who has been flashing the peace sign since the 1960s, has carried on with a more formal tradition that started in 2008 that finds him celebrating his birthday by promoting peace and love around the world at precisely 12 p.m., no matter the time zone. On Wednesday, the musician did just that in front of a small set of journalists and photographers and two dozen or so fans who gathered behind a barricade on the Santa Monica Boulevard sidewalk.