Colts Owner: Why I Paid $2.2 Million for Ringo Starr’s Drum Kit

beatles“It took 4 million dollars and 45 years, however we got them back together,” Jim Irsay states of reuniting Beatles’ famous instruments

Jim Irsay is calling from Pittsburgh, where his Indianapolis Colts will deal with the Steelers on Sunday, and regretfully not New York’s Theater at Madison Square Garden, where an all-star celebration to celebrate John Lennon’s 75th birthday is about to happen. The NFL group owner is a popular Beatles fanatic along with a devoted rock memorabilia collector: In the previous couple of months, Irsay has actually invested countless dollars adding Lennon-owned guitars and other Beatles-used instruments to his excellent collection.

Following this weekend’s auction of Starr’s estate, Irsay included much more important artifacts to his collection: Ringo Starr’s 1963 Ludwig Oyster Black Pearl three-piece drum kit (utilized on “Can’t Buy Me Love” and dozens more important recordings; Irsay acquired it for $2.25 million) in addition to a Rickenbacker guitar offered to Starr from Lennon and one of the drummer’s iconic pinky rings. Rolling Stone talked with Irsay specifically quickly after the auction concluded to speak about his newest rock treasures and how accumulating these instruments is a spiritual reunion of sorts for the Fab Four.

I was a Lennon fanatic– I imply, I loved Paul too, but Lennon was the person– and there was constantly this dream of the Beatles getting back together; there was always this hope,” Irsay says, adding that, like the Beatles themselves, these instruments were long separated after making their mark on music history. “It took over 4 million dollars and 45 years, but we finally got them back together.

Regardless of the heavy rate he paid for the Starr kit, Irsay revealed some anxiety over whether he ‘d be outbid. I believed some billionaire madman might state ‘I have $10 million, exactly what the hell,'” Irsay said. When the opening number was recalibrated to $1 million, the bidding started to warm up, but Irsay lastly placed the high bid after some more anxious minutes.

As for the Rickenbacker guitar he acquired Saturday for $910,000, “John considered that to Ringo, and I can keep in mind when they started to [record] The White Album, and Ringo was like ‘Fuck this, I’m out of here’ with the fightingand things. I understand Paul set up a room full of flowers for him, and John provided him that guitar as an apology,” Irsay said. “So getting that guitar is really unique, and the reality that it’s a Rickenbacker makes it really unique.”.

In the spirit of the music, Irsay does not plan on just stowing away the well known drum kit behind glass; instead, he states he hopes to toss a party– comparable to the Lennon tribute in New York– where artists would carry out Fab Four tunes making use of the famous Beatles instruments he’s real estate in his collection. However, the Colts owner expressed some remorse about letting Lennon’s “Love Me Do” acoustic guitar escape at auction, if only because he could not add that instrument to his collection.

“I feel I’m just a curator of history. I’m going to pass this thing on as time goes along,” Irsay stated of his collection, which likewise includes Bob Dylan’s 1965 Newport Folk Festival guitar, Lennon’s “Paperback Writer” Gretsch guitar and Les Paul’s “Black Beauty.” “It’s simply an honor and an opportunity.”.

Irsay, who serves on the Super Bowl Advisory Committee, also gave his seal of approval for Coldplay, the Super Bowl 50 halftime performers. “I believe Coldplay is among the very best and biggest bands of the last 15 years, and I believe they’ll bring the energy,” Irsay said. “Coldplay is an excellent option. It’s constantly hard to decide what should go in Super Bowl halftime, however I was all for Coldplay. They truly have a wonderful, spiritual ability to do it live.”.