Ringo Starr Launches NFT Collection Ahead of Tour – Billboard

Imagine trying to explain what an NFT is to Ringo Starr when he was in the Beatles. Considering how complicated technology is to explain even now, the thought of someone trying to figure it out in the 1960s is certainly amusing. Of course, times have changed and Starr is now the first Beatle to make a foray into NFTs.


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Starr’s arrival in the MetaVerse comes as he prepares to kick off his first tour since 2019 with his All Starr Band on Friday. During a virtual press conference at Casino Rama in Ontario, Canada, where Starr has now launched five tours, the drummer explained how difficult it was for him to be forced off the road for two years. . “I like playing live and I like playing with good musicians,” he said.

The 81-year-old rock star is set to launch the NFT collection, featuring digital artwork alongside signed canvas prints created by Starr. The collection, titled “Ringo Starr NFT Collection – The Creative Spirit of a Beatle”, is presented by Julien’s Auctions. The auction can be found here, and live bidding will take place on June 13. Part of the profits will be distributed to the Lotus Foundation. NFT’s carbon footprint will be offset through the CarbonFund.org.

“I never wanted to be a drummer, but you never know where a new idea or a new path will take you,” Starr said in a press release. “This new technology is so outdated that it inspired me and I loved creating these NFTs combining my art and music. Who would have thought that I would spread Peace and Love in the MetaVerse.

The current iteration of Starr’s All Starr Band includes Steve Lukather, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, Hamish Stuart, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette. The band stayed and rehearsed for their 41-date North American tour. Starr said he liked to start his tours at the station because the band had a week to live in the hotel, go back there, have dinner at the end of the day, and be ready to officially hit the road.

“It’s good. It’s always a big crowd,” Starr said, saying that in addition to having plenty of Canadians in the audience, the proximity to the United States means the crowd is quite diverse.

Starr was also asked about To come backthe documentary series on the making of the latest Beatles album, So be it, released in November 2021 on Disney+. “Peter Jackson did a great job,” he said of the show’s director and producer. He admitted to being shocked by the length of the series, which is nearly eight hours long. “I was a little stunned at first, I thought it was going to be a two-hour show,” he said, adding that he finally thought it was “easy to watch.” “You watch two hours, have a tea, watch another two hours.”

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