On touring, Paul McCartney...

Ringo Starr has spoken about the relationship between himself and Sir Paul McCartney.

Ringo Starr was the first person to leave the Beatles. Tiring of the constant bickering, the drummer walked out of sessions for what would become 'The White Album' briefly reducing the Fab Four to chaos.

Coaxed into returning, much has been made of the relationship between Sir Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Returning to Europe for a rare tour, the genial drummer recently spoke about their friendship.

The pair appeared in a Comic Relief sketch last year, which appeared to highlight their differences. Speaking to The Daily Mail, the drummer explained that "We are as close as we want to be. We’re the only two remaining Beatles, although he likes to think he’s the only one."

Joking, Ringo Starr is referring to the Comic Relief sketch which hinged on Sir Paul McCartney writing the drummer out of history. "I thought it was a great sketch; it worked really well. I did my bit in Los Angeles, where I live half the time. I just sat in a hotel with a camera."

Continuing, the drummer explained that like all jokes there was a glimmer of truth in the sketch. "There is an element of truth in it" he said. "But I think it’s people on the outside who perceive Paul as thinking he’s the only one left. Actually, it’s me. I am the last remaining Beatle."

"We are good friends" he insisted. "We don’t live in each other’s pockets, but if we’re in the same country, we get together. He’s singing and playing on my latest album and I played on several of his. We’re just pals. We’re the only two who’ve experienced all this who are still here."

Ringo Starr is gearing up for a new tour featuring The All Starr Band. Travelling around Europe, the drummer has confirmed the following shows:

17 London Hampton Court
18 Liverpool Empire
20 Birmingham Symphony Hall
22 Manchester Opera House
23 Glasgow Clyde Auditorium
24 Bournemouth BIC

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