Ringo Starr is hoping to release a new album early next year.
The 75-year-old musician is most famous for being the drummer of The Beatles, but has also enjoyed solo success since his time in the band, with 18 solo studio albums to his name. A 19th is in the pipeline, as Ringo revealed in a new interview that he already has eight songs musically ready, but they still need lyrics.
He is about to embark on his latest All-Starr Band tour, which kicks off in New York on Friday. As he has been collaborating with the group’s guitarist Steve Lukather (formerly of rock band Toto) on the tracks, he is hoping the pair can finish them during their 19-date trek around the U.S.
“We’ve got the tracks down; now we have to write the words,” Ringo told Billboard. “We know where it’s going. We’ve got the idea. We’ve got the first verse of one of them. The second will be a ballad. We’re gonna finish them while we’re on the road.”
Ringo added that he is hoping the new record will be ready for release in the early months of 2017.
The album, the follow up to his 2015 record Postcards to Paradise, will also feature a track that he and Eurthymics legend Dave Stewart worked on for a country album they had intended to put together prior to the All-Starr tour kicking off.
It will also feature collaborations with famous names including Van Dyke Parks, who has featured on several of Ringo’s previous albums.
“I love working with Van Dyke,” he explained. “I only need a line, and we write a song together. I’ve known him since ’76. We’re good friends and, y’know, he’s a genius. I’m lucky; I have a lot of fun with a lot of friends.”
For now though, Ringo’s All-Starr tour is his main focus. He came up with the concept off the group back in 1989 and it has grown in success ever since. While his name may have prompted the popularity of the band, Ringo feels it has always been a collaborative effort.
“I feel like we are a band; maybe my name is in the front, but we’re a band,” he added. “We support each other and we know each other and we have a lot of fun. We play well, the songs are great and the audiences love it, but it’s also sitting on the plane, sitting in the bus, sitting in the van – it’s all OK. Every time we end a tour, I say, ‘OK, that’s it,’ and then (my manager) will say, ‘Well, what about October?’ and I say to the band, ‘You want to go in October?’ and we all say ‘Yes!’ So it’s good.”