Peace & Love Salute: Join Ringo in Hollywood

Ringo Starr celebrates his birthday with his annual call to love one another.

You don't have to browse the songs of the Beatles for too long before you come across the word "love" in the title, or a variation on the theme.

From "Love Me Do" to "She Loves You" to "Lovely Rita," the lads from Liverpool made the heart-centered emotion central to their work, work that also frequently shined a light on the notions of understanding and connection.

These important ideas have become the basis of Ringo Starr's annual public birthday celebration, and, by effervescent, Starr-shiny extension, much of his larger calling, too. #PEACEANDLOVE is an oft-seen hashtag when discussion of The Beatles drummer comes up, because that is the message he has long sought to promote, encourage, and live.

The public is invited to join the icon on that journey on Thursday, July 7. That's Mr. Starr's 76th birthday, and, as is tradition, he'll appear outside the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood for his yearly "Peace & Love" salute.

The time? The performances kick off at 11:20, while the salute is at noon. Joining the fun is free. 

Free, and quite popular, as you might guess, so best arrive by Metro, which has a Red Line stop at Hollywood and Vine, just south of the famous tower.

Ringo Starr's family and friends always join the festivities, too. Dave Stewart with Jon Stevens, Alberta Cross, and Vandaveer will perform some of the legend's tunes to round out the happy day.

A day that Mr. Starr had asked for on a birthday back in 2008. "More peace and love, that is something that you can't have too much of," he said.

True words, and one he lives out, with his fans, and family, and pals, each July 7 at noon outside Capitol Records.

Can't make it? You can join the #PEACEANDLOVE salute by sending out your own social media message, or watching live on Ringo Starr's web site.

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