SOHO, NY—At the Pop International Gallery in Soho, Ringo Starr and friends—including Little Steven, Todd Rundgren, Billy Squier and Steve Lukather from Toto—showed up to support the former Beatles’ art show in support of the Lotus Foundation. Composed of computer generated images, the drummer’s works combine the iconic, psychedelic giddiness of the Yellow Submarine movie with the peace/love vibe and some anti-gun social commentary thrown in. Looking fit and trim, Ringo took on the media outside the gallery, taking on questions related to his current All-Starr lineup: “We’re having a blast,” as well as the inspiration for his art; “Hotel rooms [are] where I spend a lot of my time, and tv.” I asked him who his favorite artist was and he responded “Rembrandt” before bolting inside the place towards the hungry crowd waiting to meet and greet rock royalty. Artwork from the show was to benefit Starr’s Lotus Foundation, whose primary objectives are to offer financial aid and assistance to facilitate family and child welfare, women’s issues, animal protection, addiction recovery and education. A pleasant time was guaranteed and had by all!
Pop International Gallery
June 25, 2012
—by Glyn Emmerson, July 16, 2012