Ringo Starr: One Direction have it harder than the Beatles

Beatles drummer Ringo Starr says he still misses his “brothers” in the band and said it must be harder being in a boyband today than in the era-defining Liverpool group.

Ringo Starr: One Direction have it harder than the Beatles

Ringo said he empathised with Zayn Malik, formerly of One Direction, and compared the young singer’s stardom to Beatlemania.

The 74-year-old said: “The pressure is so much heavier now.”

“We had the pressure. Now you can’t go anywhere. Everyone has a camera. My only line about One Direction, now that there’s been a change, is maybe now they’ll be going in the right direction.”

“We were under a lot of pressure but, compared to them, we were on holiday.

“And we could go on holiday and it was fine. And we always went together, that was mad too.

“We always shared a room in a hotel and we always went on holiday in at least twos. But I think the pressure now is because you cannot move.”

Ringo — real name Richard Starsky — said he is still “really proud” of the music his band made.

Remembering the times when record labels turned down the Liverpool group, he told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We proved everybody wrong that music is more important than a name. We made some great music and I am really proud of it to this day.”

The Beatles dominated the global music scene from 1962 to 1970 and Starr’s role was as peacemaker to bandmates John Lennon, Paul McCartney, and George Harrison.

He said: “I could keep the peace — if ever there was an explosion within the Beatles, usually we got back together in my house and that is how it was.

“We all had personality. We were four brothers. We all loved each other deeply but you get up one morning, you are in a bad mood and it just gets too big and things happen.

“I was in a band suddenly with three brothers. Yeah, I do miss the others — you can’t not miss your brothers.”

Starr, 74, said he has decided “to do my autobiography on record, not in a book”. The album, Postcards from Paradise, was released this week.

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