Legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr is finally getting a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. According to Rolling Stone, the veteran rock star was notified by former bandmate Paul McCartney of his induction. Starr will be recipient of the ‘Hall of Fame Award for Musical Excellence’.
Besides receiving the award, the drummer formerly known as Richard Starkey was happy to learn that his late great friends and bandmates George Harrison and John Lennon were already in the Hall of Fame. When speaking to Rolling Stone he said, “I didn’t know that George and John were in it. I’m not keeping up with it all the time. We’ll have a very nice evening and it’ll be my pleasure to receive the award.”
Starr did not expect that he would be considered for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2015. The 64-year-old rocker said, “No. I didn’t think about it much or expect it. This year has been quite busy. I’ve been touring a lot. I got the humanitarian award from GQ. I became a male model for John Varvatos, so my life is busy anyway. This came out of the blue. I didn’t expect it. I got the call from Paul two weeks ago. He said, “This could happen. Do you want to do it?” I said, “Sure.”
The fact that now all the Beatles members have received an induction means a lot to one of the two surviving members of one of the best rock bands of all time. Starr said, “It means recognition. And it means, finally, the four of us are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame even though we were the biggest pop group in the land. You know that won’t look funny in black and white.”