The former Beatle refuses to shorten his performance

Ringo Starr walked off the popular US daytime television programme ‘Regis and Kelly’ yesterday (January 22) in a dispute about the performance of one of his songs.

The Beatles‘ former drummer was appearing on the show to promote his new album ‘Liverpool 8’, and was scheduled to perform the title song with former Eurythmics star Dave Stewart.

When Starr found out that he would have to abbreviate the song and trim the performance down to two-and-a-half minutes or less, he refused.

Starr‘s publicist, Elizabeth Freund, told the Associated Press that the incident occurred because of a miscommunication between her and the show’s musical director. She apparently didn’t realise that the song would need to be shortened.

“We offered to cut back our chat time and asked them to fade or go to commercial. They were not willing to do that and Ringo was not willing to cut it further, so without a compromise we were not able to stay,” Freund said in a statement.

–By our Los Angeles staff.

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