Fans from across the globe have come together to wish the rocker a happy birthday using their very own tradition – by declaring Starr’s trademark catchphrase “peace and love”, whilst holding up two fingers in a ‘peace’ sign.
Starting off the video, and kicking off the tradition for its thirteenth year, is the former Beatles drummer himself, surrounded by a group of friends and family in Beverly Hills. Among the crowd is wife Barbara Bach, Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh and Toto guitarist Steve Lukather. Following a countdown, all declare Starr’s iconic mantra.
The compilation of well-wishers also includes birthday greetings from NASA via its official Twitter account and from the Curiosity Mars Rover’s Facebook page.
As the video draws to a close, we are even treated to an awkward outtake which shows filming interrupted by an ill-timed call on Starr’s mobile. As his friends and family chuckle, Starrs replies “I’ll call you back, I’m a little busy!”. See, we told you it was wholesome.
Starr first put out the call for fans to send their messages of “peace and love” on June 28 with a video titled “Ringo Starr’s Birthday Wish for July 7, 2021”. Usually, this tradition is accompanied by in-person gatherings, which unfortunately could not happen this year due to the pandemic.
Sharing the video onto his social media, Starr writes: “Thanks for all the Peace & Love all around the world and in outer space in 2021”. Watch it below: