Ringo Starr: I was drunk for 20 years after the Beatles broke up
Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr, who is set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland on April 18, admits he was drunk for two decades after the fab four broke up.
"I was drunk. Some of those years are absolutely gone," Starr, 74, told The Huffington Post.
"I was mad ... for 20 years [although] I had breaks in between of not being."
Ringo Starr will be joined in the Hall of Fame by legends like Lou Reed and Bill Withers.
Starr had a great start to his solo career – his third solo album Ringo went platinum in the United States and three gold singles (It Don't Come Easy, Photograph and You're Sixteen) – but admitted he settled into alcoholism and only went to rehab in 1988.
He will be inducted by the only other surviving Beatle Paul McCartney, while Joe Walsh, formerly of The Eagles, will perform Starr's music at the ceremony.
Starr admits McCartney pulled some favours to get him into the Hall of Fame. "They were all surprised that I wasn't in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame . And [Paul] talked to somebody and they're going to put me in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and he's going to give me away like I'm the bride and I will accept ... Even though there's very little record industry left, I like to make records because I write."
Starr released his 18th album, Postcards from Paradise, on March 31.
Other legends being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Saturday include the late Lou Reed, Bill Withers, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Organisers will surely be hoping Miley Cyrus, who inducts Joan Jett, does not use the stage for any attention-seeking antics.
2015 ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME INDUCTEES
Ringo Starr (inducted by Paul McCartney)
Lou Reed (Patti Smith)
Joan Jett &The Blackhearts (Miley Cyrus)
Bill Withers (Stevie Wonder)
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble (John Mayer)
Green Day (Fall Out Boy)
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
The "5" Royales (Steve Cropper)
- Sydney Morning Herald