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- Posted on Jul 22nd 2011 11:00AM by Andrew Kerr
His words follow a recent US TV interview in which McCartney alluded to his possible involvement during the Games' opening on July 27 next year. However Starr has denied he'll be taking part as he plans to be on tour.
Speaking to Sky News at the Glenfiddich Mojo Awards where the 71-year-old drummer was the recipient of the Icon award, Starr said, "I'll be touring America so I won't be doing it."
If sources are to believed, Starr's announcement could put paid to organisers' plans for the opening ceremony. An insider recently told The Sun, "The organisers want the music legend [McCartney] to appear alongside other big British acts. And they also want Ringo on stage as well to make it extra special."
Starr had been due to receive his Mojo from fellow drummer Phil Collins, but the former Genesis man left early complaining of back pain. However before his premature departure he took time to praise Starr: "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."
In response to the accolade, Starr said, "It's an honour being an icon and the magazine actually likes music and musicians and that's the reason I'm here tonight."