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Dave Grohl, Questlove and More Imitate Ringo Starr In New Video Clip

06/12/2015
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(Radio.com) Normally at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremonies, each inductee is introduced with a mini-documentary about their career. But this year, the producers of the award ceremony (and the subsequent HBO broadcast) took a different approach to Ringo Starr, who was honored with the Award for Musical Excellence.

Instead of the expected archival footage of Ringo's era in the Beatles and afterwards, a number of the most popular drummers in the world were interviewed while sitting behind Starr's Beatles-era kit. Among them: Foo Fighters Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins, Tre Cool of Green Day, Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, session drummer Jim Keltner (who has played on Ringo's albums in the past, and in his first All-Starr Band), Max Weinberg from the E Street Band, Stewart Copeland of the Police, Questlove from the Roots and Abe Laboriel Jr., who has been putting his spin on Starr's drum parts for years (he's been in Paul McCartney's backing band for over a decade).

"Four drums," Weinberg says. "That's all Ringo Starr needed," before demonstrating Starr's creativity behind the kit by playing the totally distinct drum part to the Beatles' "Ticket To Ride." Later, several of the drummers play the unforgettable drum riff in "Come Together," and his solo on "The End."

"The most timeless drummers," Questlove adds, "Are the ones who are the most simple."

Grohl points out, "You hear his drumming, and you know exactly who it is."

And Smith says, "He has the magic touch." Smith, in fact, is the person who posted the video to his Facebook page. Watch the video here.

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