The Last Moment Ringo Starr Shared With John Lennon
December 8, 1980, the day that the Beatles icon John Lennon was murdered, is perhaps one of the most devastating days in rock music history. Not only did the music industry lose one of the most brilliant artists, but his former bandmates also lost a dear friend with whom they had spent a great deal of time.
While drummer Ringo Starr was particularly crushed by the loss of his friend, he also has a happy final memory with Lennon just a few weeks before his death. Let’s break down the emotions Starr had over losing Lennon, as well as the very last moment he shared with his late friend.
Ringo Starr Was Devastated By John Lennon’s Death
After John Lennon was murdered by Mark David Chapman in front of his Manhattan apartment on December 8, 1980, at the age of 40, his former bandmates were informed by this devastating news. Ringo Starr opened up about the moment he was told that Lennon died, and the drummer looked incredibly sad while looking back at that time.
The musician started his words by saying that he couldn’t get used to saying he had only two band members left to refer to. Furthermore, Starr stated that he was still missing his dear friend and even asked the interviewer to stop talking about him, which clearly showed the pain he felt.
The drummer didn’t forget to mention that John Lennon must be okay wherever he is and ended his words by saying that the singer was a great friend, and talking about him gets him upset every single time. During the entire interview, Starr looked visibly sad as he tried not to cry.
Ringo Starr Recalled His Last Memory With Lennon
Around the same time with the interview in 1981, which was a couple of months after John Lennon’s passing, Ringo Starr was also asked about the last time he saw his late bandmate. Apparently, the drummer’s last encounter with Lennon was on November 15, less than a month before his death.
Starr revealed that they saw each other in New York, where John Lennon came over to his place with his wife, Yoko Ono. Although their intention was to see each other for about an hour, they ended up spending five hours together and had a great time.
About the last time he saw Lennon, Starr said:
“I saw him on November 15. I was staying in the plaza, we went over to New York for a while. I hadn’t seen him for a while because we see each other wherever we are. He came over with Yoko for an hour, and we had such a great time because they stayed for five hours.”
It’s very heartbreaking to see Ringo Starr, who was having a hard time recalling the very last memory he shared with John Lennon. The musician looked very upset that their happy moment turned into a bitter-sweet memory which is understandable considering their close relationship as bandmates and friends.
You can watch those moments below.