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Ringo Starr honored with a little help from his famous friends

Ringo Starr honored with a little help from his famous friends

(Yahoo!) - There's nothing like getting a little help from your friends, as Ringo Starr would attest. The former Beatle was honored at an all-star shindig at Los Angeles's El Rey Theatre Monday night, when the David Lynch Foundation presented him with the Lifetime of Peace and Love Award.

The proceedings began with warm video greetings from Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono, who beamed in to congratulate their long-time friend and express their love for him. Then Lynch took the stage, telling the sold-out crowd, "In all the galaxies of peace and love, Ringo is a giant star."

The renowned director, known for Twin Peaks and Blue Velvet, spoke on behalf of his non-profit foundation, which teaches veterans, at-risk youth, and victims of domestic violence the benefits of practicing Transcendental Meditation. Starr is famously known for traveling with the Beatles to India in 1968 to study with Transcendental Meditation founder Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, and he has continued to practice it throughout his life.

"All this praise is overwhelming," the drummer said when he took the stage. "It's David Lynch and the foundation who should be getting this award for all the good things they do. It blows me away that he's taking meditation to schools and the violence in those areas has gone down."

With a house packed full of renowned musicians, an allstar jam was inevitable. Famed producer Don Was led the house band, which included Peter Frampton, drummer Kenny Aronoff, Benmont Tench of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, and guitarist Steve Lukather from Toto – all friends of Starr.

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