Ringo Starr: Hall of Fame inclusion was overdue
Ringo Starr thinks his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue and can't understand why he only got his place this year
Ringo Starr thinks his induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame was long overdue.
The 75-year-old rocker was given a place on the coveted list in April, 15 years after The Beatles were included as a band, but thinks he should have received a spot some time ago, especially as all his former bandmates were already incorporated as solo artists.
Congratulated on his inclusion by the New York Daily News newspaper's Confidenti@l column, he replied: "It was about time and thank you.
"I was in there, as we all were, as the Beatles, but I was the last one to get in as a solo artist.
"Apart from that, I thought it was great. I thought it was a great honour -- thank you, Lord! -- for something I do really well, which is drum."
Ringo - who has been on tour since February, released a new album in March and a collection of his personal photos in September - insists he has no plans to slow down, despite his advancing years.
He said: "I've always had that energy that if I'm going to do something, then I do it.
"I don't think, 'Oh, God, I don't want do it.' If I've said yes -- and I have that privilege of saying yes or no to things -- but if I say yes, then I do it."