Ringo Starr inspired a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame to get sober on his first All-Starr team tour

Ringo Starr’s first tour as a solo artist was a big undertaking. Aside from a few one-off performances, he has not played live since his time in the Beatles. That is, when the All-Starr debuted in 1989, it had been more than 20 years since the drummer had been touring. Ringo faced his insecurities on that tour because it was the first test of his newfound sobriety, but he inspired a fellow Rock & Roll Hall of Famer to embrace sobriety as well.

Ringo Starr (left) and Dr. John in New York City circa 1989 and the first All-Star team tour.
(lr) Ringo Starr and Dr. John | Robin Platzer/Images/Getty Images

Ringo Starr struggled with addiction after the Beatles broke up

The breakup of the Beatles was not easy for Ringo. He lost the three people he routinely called his brothers as the Fab Four broke down in a storm of ego clashes and inner fighting. The drummer reached unprecedented heights with the band, and it was all gone by 1970.

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