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After participating in a variety of events earlier this year celebrating the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' arrival in the U.S., Ringo Starr now is turning his attention back to his solo career.  Starr has been working on a new album that he tells Billboard he's planning to release in February of 2015, and he also will be kicking of a North American tour with his All Starr Band tonight in Rama, Canada.

Starr reveals that he's "probably two-thirds through" with the forthcoming record, which will follow his 2012 studio effort, the aptly titled Ringo 2012.

Starr says he initially had hoped to have the album completed by this past April, but the time he spent on the Beatles-related festivities delayed the project.  He tells Billboard that he'll try to finish up the album in July and August, after the All Starr Band's summer tour leg winds down.

The album will feature appearances by a variety of guest musicians, including current All Starr Band member Steve Lukather of Toto, Peter Frampton, Richard Marx, Eurythmics guitarist Dave Stewart and veteran songwriter Glen Ballard.

Ringo says the tracks are "sounding incredible," adding that the album offers up "a mixed bag" of songs that feature "pop, rock [and] reggae" influences.

Starr has co-produced many of his previous studio albums, but this will be the first he's planning to produce by himself.  "I've always had ideas but I never held it together like I do now," he explains to Billboard about why he decided to take total control of the project.

Meanwhile, Ringo says he's delighted to be heading back out on the road with the current All Starr Band lineup, which features Lukather, Todd Rundgren, ex-Santana/Journey singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Mr. Mister frontman Richard Page and acclaimed session drummer Gregg Bissonette.

"Everybody knows by now I love this band," Starr declares.  "I love the guys and we all get on well and I'm trying to do anything to keep it together."  The about-to-launch tour leg wraps up with a July 19 concert in Los Angeles, but a new series of fall U.S. dates has just been announced.  Those shows will run from an October 2 gig in Tulsa, Oklahoma, through an October 23 performance in Clearwater, Florida.

In other news, Starr is planning to attend the openings of a few new exhibits of his artwork while on tour this summer.  One of the events is scheduled for June 19 at the Soho Contemporary Art Gallery in New York City.

Here are all of the group's scheduled North American tour dates:

6/6 -- Rama, ON, Canada, Casino Rama
6/7 -- Canandaigua, NY, CMAC
6/8 -- Williamsport, PA, Community Arts Center
6/10 -- Albany, NY, Palace Theatre
6/11 -- Westbury, NY, Theatre at Westbury
6/12 -- Vienna, VA, Wolf Trap Filene Center
6/14 -- Wallingford, CT, Toyota Presents Oakdale Theatre
6/15 -- Providence, RI, Providence Performing Arts Center
6/17 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
6/18 -- New York, NY, Beacon Theatre
6/20 -- Red Bank, NJ, Count Basie Theatre
6/21 -- Atlantic City, NJ, Caesars
6/22 -- Durham, NC, Durham Performing Arts Center
6/24 -- Lewiston, NY, ArtPark
6/25 -- Verona, NY, Turning Stone Casino
6/27 -- Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
6/28 -- Chicago, IL, Chicago Theatre
6/29 -- Cleveland, OH, Jacobs Pavilion
7/1 -- Toledo, OH, Toledo Zoo
7/2 -- Kettering, OH, Fraze Pavilion
7/3 -- Tunica MS, Horseshoe Casino
7/5 -- Thackerville, OK, WinStar World Casino
7/9 -- Albuquerque, NM, Sandia Amphitheatre
7/11 -- San Diego, CA, Humphrey's
7/12 -- Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
7/13 -- San Jose, CA, City National Civic
7/15 -- Vancouver BC, Canada, Hard Rock Casino
7/16 -- Woodinville, WA, Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
7/17 -- Bend, OR, Les Schwab Amphitheater
7/19 -- Los Angeles, CA, Greek Theatre
10/2 -- Tulsa, OK, Hard Rock Café
10/3 -- St. Louis, MO, Fabulous Fox Theatre
10/4 -- Kansas City, KS, Starlight Theatre
10/5 -- Omaha, NE, CenturyLink Center
10/7 -- San Antonio, TX, Tobin Center for the Performing Arts
10/8 -- Austin, TX, Moody Theater
10/10 -- Houston, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
10/15 -- Charleston, SC, North Charleston Performing Arts Center
10/17 -- Biloxi, MS, Hard Rock Café Biloxi
10/18 -- Jacksonville, FL, Moran Theatre
10/19 -- Fort Myers, FL, Barbara B. Mann Performing Arts Hall
10/21 -- Fort Lauderdale, FL, Broward Center for the Performing Arts
10/22 -- Melbourne, FL, Maxwell C. King Center for the Performing Arts
10/23 -- Clearwater, FL, Ruth Eckerd Hall

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