London: Former ‘Beatle’ Ringo Starr has performed in Liverpool for the first time after he had angered his fellow Liverpudlians three years back by saying that he did not miss home.
Starr, who performed at the city as a part of his European tour stressed on how much he loved the city three times in an attempt to bury the hatchet.
He emphatically declared: “I love Liverpool” at three points during his homecoming concert at the Liverpool Empire.
The star was received with warm reception from fans who came from around the world as well as from Liverpool to attend the concert, although the 2,300-capacity venue was not sold out.
Freda Kelly, who ran the Beatles fan club for a decade from 1962, said that it was a ‘very good’ show, adding that many in the crowd had travelled from overseas.
“There weren``t a lot of Liverpool people here. From the people``s reactions tonight, the ones that were here, they seem to have accepted what he said tonight, that he loves Liverpool. I``m sure he does,” the BBC quoted her as saying.
Starr sang ‘Beatles’ and solo material but he did not perform Liverpool 8, the song he wrote and recorded for the Capital of Culture celebrations, but did play ‘The Other Side Of Liverpool’, from his last album Y Not.
He dedicated that song to his 94-year-old aunt, who was on her feet with the rest of the crowd during songs like ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘With A Little Help From My Friends’.
The Empire was the venue for The Beatles`` last live show in Liverpool, in December 1965.