The upbeat album, recorded Starr’s home studio in Los Angeles, features Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart, Colin Hay, Steve Lukather, Paul McCartney.
The emotional centerpiece of the album is “Grow Old With Me,” a tune John Lennon wrote for his and Yoko Ono’s Double Fantasy but didn’t record (Lennon’s demo of the song appeared posthumously on 1984’s Milk and Honey). (excerpt from billboard.com to read the full article click here)
And I just loved this song. I sang it the best that I could. I do well up when I think of John this deeply. And I’ve done my best. We’ve done our best. The other good thing is that I really wanted Paul to play on it, and he said yes.”
“I never sit and think, ‘Oh, man, we’ll be doing this in 30 years…’ It’s not a thought you have. But it’s still going and it’s still popular and I’m still having fun and I love playing, so I’ve got all the reasons I need to do it year after year.”(Billboard
Following the meet-and-greet, he sat down with Billboard to talk about What’s My Name and putting the band back together again — sort of.
When you’re writing or collecting songs for a record, are you thinking about how they might fit into the live show, even though your All-Starr tours are packed with your hits and the hits of the other musicians?
No. I’m making a record. “Oh that will be great for a live show!” That’s secondary. On [2017’s] Give More Love, I only kept [that song]into the act for like two weeks and then we just dropped it. We got a lot of stuff. From this record, in my mind already, we’ll do “What’s My Name?”
I read that you were not aware of the John Lennon track “Grow Old With Me.” How did it come to your attention?
I had no idea. I had never heard it, never heard about it. [Double Fantasy producer] Jack Douglas, I bumped into over the last couple of years. “Hey Jack.” And he said, “Well, did you get that tape?” I said, “What tape?” And he said, “The Bermuda Tapes where John went to Bermuda [in 1980].” And I said, “No, I don’t know really what you’re talking about. Get me a copy.” So it was on cassette, but I’ve got it on a CD. The modern way. And it was hard to listen to in the beginning because John talks about me, mentions me.
It was very emotional for me. I listened to all the songs, but he recorded all of them bar one. And that was this one, you know, “Grow Old With Me” — I did the best I could. And then I brought a few people in. I called Paul and said, “Hey, we’ve got this song. It’s a John song, you know, I’m going to put it on the album. You coming in, you could play bass for me please?” He said, “Sure, I’m coming over.” And that’s