Ringo Starr has celebrated his 79th birthday, and offered his advice for staying fit and healthy – “don’t eat a lot of crap”.
The former Beatle marked the milestone with his annual Peace & Love event, this year held in Los Angeles.
Starr, who was accompanied by his wife of 38 years, Barbara Bach, was asked his secret for maintaining his youthful appearance as he approached 80 years old.
He told PA: “There is no secret, you just don’t eat a lot of crap, eat a lot of broccoli and you work out and you enjoy life.”
Asked what his birthday wish was, Starr said: “More peace and love, as usual.”
Starr has held the Peace & Love ceremony on his birthday each year since 2008 and asks fans around the world to chant the slogan to “generate a wave of positivity”.
Starr, who was born Richard Starkey in Liverpool in 1940, wore his trademark sunglasses along with a white denim jacket and black trousers as he addressed fans outside the Capitol Records Building in Hollywood on Sunday.
The surrealist filmmaker David Lynch was among the celebrity guests, as well as musician Don Was.
Starr said: “I’m truly grateful for the people who put this together and all the visitors for the support.”
As he started the countdown to the “magical moment”, Starr joked: “I think we’ll go by my watch, it’s probably the most expensive.”
As the clock struck midday in Los Angeles, Starr led a chorus of “peace and love”, before celebrating by throwing white wristbands bearing the slogan into the audience.
He also blew out the candles on a cake before being serenaded with a rendition of Happy Birthday.
Earlier, Starr was praised as the “best drummer in the world”, as his former Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney wished him a happy birthday.
McCartney posted a picture on Twitter of the pair of them on stage together and wrote: “Happy Birthday to the best drummer in the world. Have a great one @ringostarrmusic.
Starr and McCartney were joined in the Beatles by John Lennon and George Harrison, and the band are widely considered the most influential in popular music.
- Press Association