Major firsts don't come along in the music business all that often, given that it is an industry that typically draws ground-breakers (meaning firsts are always happening).
So when one first happens, it's big. But when two firsts happen simultaneously? Well, it probably involves a Beatle. And those two firsts will merge on Wednesday, June 12, when "Ringo: Peace & Love" debuts at the Grammy Museum.
The LA Live-based museum made the announcement on Wednesday, March 6.
The No. 1 major first related to this exhibit? It's the inaugural exhibit devoted to Mr. Ringo Starr, a seven-time Grammy Award winner. (Did you just say "what the what?" Because we did. World, this is Ringo Starr. More major exhibits!) Okay, make that full-scale exhibit; Mr. Starr has been deservedly celebrated in the past, but not at this scale.
The second major first? The Grammy Museum says this is the first major exhibit devoted to a drummer.
Lots of fine drummers in the music pantheon (hi, Rush, Genesis, and Who fans, we kindly acknowledge your affections). But if you're going to start somewhere, start Starr.
So what's in the exhibit? Let's start off with a single, oh-so-important word: drums. Here are two more words you're apt to like: Shea Stadium. Yep, Ringo's kit from one of the most famous concerts in the history of concerts will be in the house.
His Sgt. Pepper suit will be on display as well. (Tiny tear forming at the corner of our eye. You too?)
It won't surprise you to learn that Mr. Starr is working with the Grammy Museum on this exhibit, which will take to the road after it wraps up in LA in November 2013. The musician's purpose behind the biographical exhibit is in its title: He wants to promote peace and love in the world.
Tiny tear forming at the corner of our other eye. Ringo Starr! You.