The Beatles aren't just bigger than Jesus — they're older than Jesus, too. Case in point: Ringo Starr, who's set to turn 75 on July 7. To celebrate, both the Minneapolis and Duluth locations of the Electric Fetus are throwing birthday bashes to honor the lovable lad from Liverpool. Festivities will include 20 percent discounts on all Beatles and Ringo Starr music and merchandise, plus rings, sunglasses, and “Ringo”-style T-shirts.
But wait, there's more: The Fetus plans to donate customer "round ups" and 5 percent of sales to Ringo's charity, the Lotus Foundation, which focuses on a wide array social-justice issues. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite "black Ringo Fetus T-shirt or onesie," according to a press release, and may enter to win passes to Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band's October 16 stop at the State Theatre. The birthday boy won't be physically attending, but there will be cake anyway (11:30 a.m., Minneapolis store). Here's the Facebook invite to the #PEACEANDLOVE-hashtagged party.
Starr, of course, holds a tenuous yet celebrated Twin Cities connection. On January 31, 2010, Mr. "Yellow Submarine" himself strutted onstage at the Grammys sporting an Electric Fetus T-shirt. Minneapolis City Hall tolled its bells; children wept with joy; debates over Starr's questionable drumming chops vanished into ash. It turns out the shirt was a Christmas gift from then-Vita.mn events coordinator Christian-Philippe Quilici, Ringo's nephew.
With a little help from his friends, Ringo was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a solo artist in April after Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and Dave Grohl used their rock-star superpowers to successfully lobby for his inclusion.
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