I was pretty harsh on Ringo last night, and I’m here to apologize.
Having had the night to think on the performance I’m much more understanding of Ringo, and upset with CBS and Paul McCartney.
When I heard Ringo and Paul were performing together again I had high expectations and was looking forward to it. I thought that we would see something special. So I had my hopes up that both of them would do something together unique and contribute equally. Maybe Ringo would sing with Paul, or just play drums, I was cool with both.
What we got, for me, was a big disappoint that I felt did a disservice to Ringo. Ringo didn’t make a significant contribution to the music and he also didn’t have any kind of interplay with Paul.
I wasn’t expecting them to trade fours or sing a love duet, but I did expect both to make a significant contribution to the music. It felt like Ringo was kind of an add-on as the second drummer. Yes he was highlighted with the spotlight but it was clear the Paul McCartney’s main drummer was the lead drummer and was providing all of what was going on.
When the producers would show Ringo, he didn’t seem to know where they were and wasn’t playing a real contributing role in the music. The producers should have focused on him as a close up and not tried to focus on his playing.
The most disappointing part of the performance was Ringo not being given an opportunity to have any kind of significant role in the music they played together.
The performance felt lazily put together without much care or foresight to what the audience would want. The reason why they were forced to be together in the first place was the CBS producers wanted to promote the fact they had the Beatles salute show coming up in a few weeks. I also think Paul McCartney should’ve done better by his boy. He could have spent some time thinking through what they could have done together that was meaningful to the performance. We we got was a disappointment.