RINGO : 'TOWN HALL' INTERVIEW WITH RUSSELL BRAND AND DON WAS
Russell Brand to interview Ringo Starr
January 19, 2012
(CBS/AP) NEW YORK - Promotion for former Beatle Ringo Starr's upcoming solo album will include a "Town Hall" interview with British actor-comedian Russell Brand.
Brand will interview the drummer for Sirius XM Radio, one day before Starr releases his newest album, "Ringo 2012."
"Town Hall With Ringo Starr" will air live from Los Angeles on Jan. 30. Music producer Don Was will moderate the interview, and Starr will perform.
Brand said in a statement Thursday that he's a "massive fan" of Starr, "but like most people I am ignorant as to his life before he rose to prominence with 'Thomas the Tank Engine.'" Brand was referring to the popular children's series that Starr narrated in the 1980s.
Added Brand, "Now we can unravel the enigma of Ringo."
"Ringo 2012" is the 17th solo album for Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, and the second he has recorded for Hip-O/UMe.
Past "Town Hall" specials have featured Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Coldplay and members of Nirvana.
Starr, right, takes part in "Imagine There's No Hunger: Celebrating the Songs of John Lennon," Nov. 2, 2010, in Los Angeles.