Iconic Beatles drummer and rock superstar Ringo Starr sits down with Dan Rather for the landmark 100th episode of AXS TV’s captivating original profile series “The Big Interview with Dan Rather.” The episode kicks off the second half of the series’ sixth season and will air on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.
Starr is featured as the honored 100th episode guest near the end of the extended (60-second) sneak peek clip of “The Big Interview’s” impending season six return. Rather asks the legendary rocker a simple, direct question: “Who are you?” to which Starr replies, “I love to be in a band. I’m a band guy …”
Rather is known for his easygoing yet pull-no-punches interview style which has prompted huge music legends and other celebrities to open up about a wide range of personal and professional topics. A press statement about Starr’s upcoming guest spot reveals that globally-beloved Beatles member tells Rather he fostered his deep love for the drums while spending months as a child in multiple hospitals.
“At seven, I had my birthday in the hospital; I had peritonitis really bad,” Starr explains. “Then, I had my 14th birthday in hospital with tuberculosis… They moved us to a greenhouse away from where I lived in Liverpool, and Streptomycin was the pill, and put you in bed for months.” Enduring these difficult challenges introduced the young Liverpool native lad to the drums, which would eventually become a catalyst in overcoming his physical struggles and launching his prolific career as one-fourth of The Beatles, who ultimately changed the face of music forever.
Starr continues, “One woman used to come in… and she had percussive instruments… maracas and tambourines and a little drum that you hit… I hit that drum, and it was amazing. I only would play the drum in this mad band that she'd bring in, and I only ever wanted to be a drummer from when I was 13… It just was one of those moments in my life that I wanted to be a drummer.”
Now 78, Starr shows no sign of slowing down anytime soon. The two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee just released his 19th studio album, Give More Love last year. The album features guest appearances from many notable music artists including his Beatles bandmate Paul McCartney, who plays bass and adds backing vocals on the album’s first track and second single “We’re On the Road Again.”
Members of his All-Starr Band also appear on the album, with whom Starr is currently touring. Ringo Starr & His All-Starr band will stop at the Paramount Theatre in Denver, Colorado on Tuesday, Sept. 25 (Tickets). Watch the extended sneak peek clip of Ringo Starr’s appearance on “The Big Interview with Dan Rather” below and tune-in to watch the full episode on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT on AXS TV.
Find AXS TV on your TV and catch a list of season six upcoming guest stars who follow Ringo Starr on “The Big Interview" below.
The Big Interview Season 6 Schedule-At-A-Glance
Oct. 2 – Ringo Starr
Oct. 9 – Rod Stewart
Oct. 16 – Toby Keith
Oct. 23 – Lynyrd Skynyrd
Oct. 30 – Kansas
Nov. 6 – Joan Baez
Nov. 13 – Dan Aykroyd
Nov. 20 – Buddy Guy
Nov. 27 – Kenny Loggins
Dec. 4 – Ricky Skaggs
Dec. 11 – Brian Setzer
Dec. 18 – Dickey Betts