Well, history was made the other day when Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr played together at the benefit for the David Lynch Transcendental Meditation Worldwide Foundation (Thank you Guru Dev). From the initial reports, Paul's performance was excellent. Unfortunately Ringo seemed to be suffering from a case of laryngitis, but he soldiered on anyway and gave Beatles fan a night to remember.
This video starts a little rough, but becomes more watchable after about 20 seconds.
Those who have seen Ringo in concert in recent years know that he can carry a tune much better than this. He also flubbed some lyrics in his songs, so I'm guessing he wasn't feeling too great either. But I don't think the fans minded. Hopefully the sound engineer will be nice to Ringo by the time this comes out on video.
One perplexing thing that I noticed on Ringo's last tour and in his performance on April 4 is that he has changed the melody of "With A Little Help From My Friends" slightly. On the line, "And I'll try not to sing out of key," the note on the word "key" is supposed to be G#. He had sung it that way on the original recording and in all of his performances for years. But for some reason I cannot fathom, he changed it to a natural E, and seems happy for it to be that way. It's not like the G# was too high for him. The most challenging part of the song, which mostly consists of just five notes, is the final note, a high E an octave above the lowest note of the song. There are stories of the other Beatles encouraging him in the studio to nail that note on the original recording. During his All Starr tours he usually gets help with that last note, but at the Lynch Benefit he didn't even seem to attempt it.
Despite Ringo's throat problem, which I assume is temporary, you can't help but feel good when you watch that video.
Another highlight from the show was when Ringo joined Paul on the song "Cosmically Conscious." The song shared some of the same inspiration as John's "Everybody's Got Something To Hide Except For Me And My Monkey."
The projections in the background during the song are quite interesting. We get to see Mal Evans living the Beatles legend.
TMZ.com made a big deal out of Paul getting a louder response from fans than Ringo did after the TM Press Conference. I felt that was unnecessary, but it was good to see some candid footage of both of them leaving the venue.
In addition to iamaphoneyHD who I told you about previously, another YouTuber has joined the Iamaphoney supporter list. HeweHaarlemmer has combined some Rotten Apple videos and even added a couple new ones. The user also seems to have an interest in conspiracy theories in general.
We are just a few days away from an expected Iamaphoney appearance of some kind. Maybe something will happen, but I did notice that his "schedule" has been taken off his main YouTube channel again. Drop a comment here if you see something happen before I do. I am also inviting our hero or his Rotten Apple Army to slip me the answer anytime. The same goes for any of the other mysterious figures who have given me insights and information along the way.