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By: Renee Grant

In a recent interview with Billboard, Ringo Starr discussed his emotions surrounding the loss of his “good friend” Tom Petty.

“…[I]n the middle of this meeting someone turned to me and said, ‘Tom Petty’s dead.’ ‘Oh my God! What else can go down?’

“It was a shock. When you first hear it, it’s like, ‘What…?!’ Like when I heard Elvis was dead; It’s like, ‘What?!’ It has to sink in. It was very sad. That’s all I can say, really. God Bless him and his family.”

Starr also remarks on all the time he’d spent with his late friend.

“I’ll miss Tom. Tom was a good friend. I played with Tom, Tom Played with me. I got to know him over the years, really got to know him when he was in the Wilburys ’cause of George (Harrison).

“All through my career we’ve lost really great friends, and people who aren’t my friends, but were great musicians and writers. In our business, we’ve lost them very young as well. But overall there’s still a lot of us out there doing what we do.”

Currently, Starr is out promoting his 19th studio album Give More Love, released on September 15, 2017. he’ll perform in our area in New Jersey on November 16th in New Jersey.

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