Earlier this week, Ringo Starr offered a heartfelt toast to friendships with “Here’s to the Nights” – the first single off his forthcoming EP, Zoom In. Now, he’s followed with a star-studded video, featuring a talented collection of new and old friends who lent their voices to the song. They include Ringo’s former bandmate Paul McCartney, his longtime collaborator Joe Walsh, as well as Sheryl Crow, Lenny Kravitz, FINNEAS, and many more.
Written by legendary songwriter Diane Warren, “Here’s to the Nights,” also features contributions from Chris Stapleton, Ben Harper, Dave Grohl, Jenny Lewis, Corinne Bailey Rae, Eric Burton, and Yola, with accompaniment from a renowned group of musicians. They include Toto’s Steve Lukather (guitar), The Heartbreakers’ Benmont Tench (piano), Bruce Sugar (synth guitar), bassist Nathan East, violinist Charlie Bisharat, and cellist Jacob Braun.
Available March 21, 2021, Zoom In was recorded remotely in Ringo’s home studio during lockdown, and found the artist collaborating with a variety of songwriters and producers, including Jeff Zobar, who penned the tongue-in-cheek title track, “Zoom In, Zoom Out.” The pandemic-era tune features the talents of The Doors’ Robbie Krieger on guitar.
Other songs include “Teach Me To Tango,” written and produced by Sam Hollander (Katy Perry, Weezer) and “Waiting for the Tide to Turn,” co-written by Ringo alongside reggae pioneer Tony Chin and engineer Bruce Sugar. “Not Enough Love In the World,” written by longtime All Starr member Steve Lukather and his Toto bandmate Joseph Williams, rounds out the EP.
Yesterday, Ringo took to social media to share a year-end message with fans, as well as some behind-the-scenes footage of Zoom In. “I just wanted to say, I missed everyone on the tours that we couldn’t do because of the pandemic.” But, he said, Zoom In kept him busy throughout his downtime.
In an earlier statement, Ringo also spoke about the importance of releasing “Here’s to the Nights” before the end of 2020. “I wanted it out in time for New Years’ because it feels like a good song to end a tough year on. So here’s to the nights we won’t remember and the friends we won’t forget – and I am wishing everyone peace and love for 2021.”
Zoom In is available March 19, 2021. Scroll down to view the tracklist and pre-order it here.