Today, Ringo Starr’s fourth EP, “Rewind Forward,” is released worldwide on digital, CD and 10-inch vinyl and available for streaming everywhere. Listen here.
The EP features four new songs:
1. “Shadows On The Wall”
2. “Feeling The Sunlight”
3. “Rewind Forward”
4. “Miss Jean”
“Rewind Forward” was written with his engineer, and oft co-writer, Bruce Sugar.
"We've been writing a song now for every EP," Ringo said. “ ‘Rewind Forward’ was just one of those things I say and it made sense in the moment. Like a ‘Hard Days Night’ – I thought, why don’t we just ‘Rewind Forward’? To make sense of it, sometimes it is good to go back and move forward from a place you left off; you don’t ever have to live in the past, but it is good to check it occasionally.”
The other tracks find Ringo collaborating with old and new friends – including longtime All Starr Steve Lukather and his Toto bandmate Joe Williams who wrote the opening track “Shadows on the Wall.”
“I asked Luke for a song – him and Joe Williams – and they put meat on it – so, I wasn’t just getting a basic track I have to add everything to – it has guitar and bass and all I have to do is add my vocals and drums,” Ringo said. “Of course, I always do the drums and sing – it is my EP!”
Paul McCartney wrote “Feeling the Sunlight.”
“We were Facetiming as we sometimes do and I asked him if he had a song or would write one for this EP I am making. A week later, he sent the track over and he’s all over it – which is great – playing EVERYthing,” Ringo said with a laugh, “including the drums! So, we had to take them off – I did the drums and the vocals.”
For the fourth and final track, “Miss Jean,” Ringo collaborated with Mike Campbell of the Heartbreakers.
“We had played together on an Ian Hunter track (which was No. 1 on the Heritage chart – whatever that chart is!), and I’d played on a Tom Petty track. But this was the first song Mike has ever written for me, which I loved,” Ringo said. “I put drums on it and sang it and he put everything else on it – that’s how it works.” That “everything else” also included the work of fellow Heartbreaker and one of Ringo’s dear friends, Benmont Tench.
In addition, the EP features contributions from Joe Walsh, Steve Dudas, Lance Morrison, as well as Matt Bissonnette, Torrance Klein, Weston Wilson, Kip Lennon and Marky Lennon.
All songs were recorded at Ringo’s home studio in Los Angeles (except for “Feeling the Sunlight,” where Paul recorded all his parts in the U.K.).
Today also marks the wrap up of Ringo and his All Starr Band’s Fall tour, which began Sept. 15 at Lake Tahoe Arena, with a special stop in Nashville, where Ringo was inducted into the Musicians Hall of Fame before playing the legendary Ryman. Touring steadily since 1989, this current iteration continued the tradition of playing hits and delighting fans, as well as garnering praise from the press.
More about Ringo Starr
2023 has seen Ringo and his All Starr Band complete a spring and fall tour. This past July 7, Ringo celebrated his birthday with his annual “Peace & Love” celebration in Beverly Hills, where he was joined by family, friends and fans and a musical tribute by Silversun Pickups, Blake Mills and King Tuff – as well as peace and love celebrations in 25 countries around the globe and into the universe via NASA, which spread the message from Barstow, California-based station in the Deep Space Network.
Last year, Ringo released “EP3” on Sept. 16, 2022; and on Nov. 18, 2022, “EP3” was issued on 10-inch vinyl and blue cassette and accompanied with a new music video, “Everyone and Everything.” On Nov. 25, “Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band Live at the Greek 2019” (Roccabella via BFD/The Orchard) was released on Blu-Ray, DVD, CD and a special yellow double-vinyl.
Ringo also toured with his All Starr Band with both spring and fall tour dates. Additionally, Ringo created 500 life-sized “Peace and Love” sculptures of his iconic hand symbol. These were sold exclusively through Julien’s Auctions to benefit the Lotus Foundation.
For more information, visit www.RingoStarr.com.