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No Ringo-McCartney Reunion For Olympics

  • Source: SkyNews
  • By: Jane Witherspoon

Ringo Starr has told Sky News he will not be reuniting with Sir Paul McCartney for the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics

Barbara Bach and Ringo Starr at the Glenfiddich Mojo Awards

The former Beatle put paid to recent rumours, saying: "I'll be touring America so I won't be doing it."

He was speaking at the Glenfiddich Mojo Awards where he was presented with the Icon award.

"It's an honour being an icon and the magazine actually likes music and musicians and that's the reason I'm here tonight," he added.

Fellow music legend Phil Collins was due to hand Ringo his gong, but he left early complaining of a back injury. He had earlier paid tribute to his friend.

"He was the first person to play at a certain period of my life that showed you could make a living from it," Collins said.

"He's a fantastic drummer. That's been overlooked for years. Everybody talks about him being the joker, the cheeky chap, but he's a great musician."

The annual music event took place in the City of London and was also attended by Arctic Monkeys, Rumer, Sir Bob Geldof and Brian Wilson.

The Beach Boys co-founder flew into the UK especially for the evening. The star, who begins a British tour in September, was inducted into the Mojo Hall of Fame. Previous recipients of the honour have included Sir Elton John and the Specials.

Singer-songwriter Rumer, who played Glastonbury last month, walked away with the Mojo Breakthrough Award for her debut album, Seasons Of My Soul.

Arctic Monkeys were handed the Best Album Award for their fourth album Suck It And See.

The Sheffield band were controversially snubbed from this year's Mercury Prize nominations earlier this week.

They told Sky News they were disappointed not to have been shortlisted: "It would have been nice. Sometimes it's good for new bands coming through and it gives them a good leg-up.

"There are some great records that have been nominated."

:: Full Winners List:

Mojo Breakthrough Award - Rumer
Mojo Song of the Year Award - Grinderman 'Heathen Child'
Mojo Best Album Award - Arctic Monkeys 'Suck it and See'
Mojo Classic Album Award - Primal Scream 'Screamadelica'
Mojo Best Live Act Award - John Grant
Mojo Les Paul Award - Steve Cropper
Mojo Compilation of the Year Award - Sweet Inspiration: Songs of Dan Penn and Spooner Oldham
Mojo Catalogue Release of the Year Award - Orange Juice 'Coals to Newcastle'
Mojo Merit Award - Martha and the Vandellas
Mojo Medal Award - Bob Harris
MojoHero Award - Eddie Floyd
Mojo Maverick Award - Donovan
Mojo Inspiration Award - Gary Numan
Mojo Classic Songwriter Award - Squeeze
Mojo Vision Award - Upside Down
Outstanding Contribution to Music - Public Image Ltd
Mojo Icon Award - Ringo Starr
Mojo Hall of Fame Award - Brian Wilson

Last Updated: 07/22/11 07:24

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by JumpinJoe49 : Roseville, Michigan---USA July 24, 2011 12:28 PM EDT (FUNsite member)
Sure would be great if Paul and Ringo could do a concert together.
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Ringo Starr has told Sky News he will not be reuniting with Sir Paul McCartney for the opening ceremony at the 2012 London Olympics