LOS ANGELES (AP) - Ringo Starr got an early start to Grammy week, with famous friends honoring him for his life and work.
The former Beatle received the Lifetime of Peace and Love award from the David Lynch Foundation on Monday night during a tribute concert at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles.
“It’s a weird place to be this evening,” Starr said onstage. “All this praise is overwhelming, really. It’s really great to look out and see all these people I recognize and three of them are meditating.”
Lynch’s foundation helps provide scholarships to teach transcendental meditation - a practice the Beatles dabbled in - to at-risk youth, veterans and domestic violence victims.
Don Was served as musical director for the all-star house band that included Peter Frampton, drummer Kenny Aronoff, former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and keyboardist Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.
“It’s a great little band,” Starr said. “I know them all personally.”
Jesse Elliott and Lindsay Giles of Ark Life kicked off the show with a duet of “Can’t Do It Wrong.” The Head and the Heart paid homage to the Beatles on “Octopus’s Garden” before Brendan Benson sang “Don’t Go Where the Road Don’t Go.” Starr watched from the audience, bobbing his head to the beat.
Bettye LaVette offered up a soulful take on “It Don’t Come Easy” after noting her 50th anniversary in the music business. “This is the baddest band I’ve had in the entire 50 years,” she said.
Ben Folds tore through “Oh My My,” resembling a mad scientist as he pounded the electric keyboard.
“It’s very rare I play an ironing board for you, and it’s only for Ringo and David,” Folds joked.
Ben Harper slowed things down on “Walk With You” before turning the stage over to Joe Walsh, who took a break from the Eagles’ run of shows reopening the Forum to jam for his brother-in-law. Walsh’s wife, Marjorie, is the sister of Starr’s wife, Barbara Bach.
“I’m gonna cheat,” Walsh cracked, with the lyrics to “Back Off Boogaloo” propped on a stand in front of him.