Ringo Not Bothered By His 70th

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July 6, 2010 | 9:10pm EST

Ringo Starr is embracing turning 70 on Wednesday – because he still feels like a 24 year old.
The former Beatle will celebrate his big day with a private party and All Starr Band concert in New York City, insisting that rock ‘n’ roll helps him stay young.

He tells the New York Times, “As far as I’m concerned, in my head, I’m 24. That’s just how it is. The number, yeah, it’s high. But I just felt I’ve got to celebrate it. I’m on my feet and I’m doing what I love to do, and I’m in a profession, as a musician, where we can go on for as long as we can go on. I’m not hiding from it, you know.”

But the drummer admits he used to think even 40 was a very old age when the Beatles were first breaking into the big time: “When I was 22, actually, I remember this so well, and I was playing, and there was another band, and these people in that other band were 40, and I was saying, ‘My God, you’re still doing it?’

“Now I’m way past 40 (and) my new hero is B. B. King. I have a great line: ‘B. B. is still playing, even though he is sitting down now. But hey, I’m sitting down already.’ You’ve just got to get on with it. I’d like to be out there pretending I’m only 55, but I’m not.”