Ringo Starr marked his 72nd birthday on July 7 with his fans at Hard Rock Cafe in Nashville, Tennessee. "Good morning they say its my birthday I'm in Nashville ready for the peace and love moment so to everybody out there peace and love," he wrote on Twitter.
At midday, the former member of The Beatles led his devotees to raise two fingers in the air and shout "peace and love." He additionally asked people around the globe to do exactly the same at 12 o'clock in their time zones.
"Wherever you are, on a bus, in the office, in the studio, hanging out ... whatever you're doing, at noon, just go, 'Peace and love.' That's all I ask for my birthday. Peace and love," Starr said. He also tweeted, "Yes yes yes Nashville peace and love we did the moment I hope you did too."
The music veteran was presented a magnolia tree that would be planted somewhere nearby, and got a flower pot-shaped cake with a sunflower growing out of it. The crowd were also treated to frosted cookies and given "peace and love" rubber bracelets.
Starr got the idea to hold the "peace and love" bash in 2008 during an interview, and has held such events each year ever since. At the latest birthday celebration, he was joined by Toto's Steve Lukather, Eagles' Joe Walsh and Vince Gill. The guests sang "happy birthday" and the chorus of "Give Peace a Chance". "Thank you all the people who wished me happy birthday thanks for tweeting peace and love," he posted.
The party was held ahead of Starr's performance with his 13th All Starr Band at the Ryman Auditorium on Saturday night. At the gig, he got another cake in a shape of drum instrument with "peace" sign on it. "Okay this is it to the birthday boy last picture of me and the cake at the Ryman," he shared.