Ever the musician, Ringo Starr still loves playing gigs and hitting the road for fresh tours.

The former Beatle kicks off a new series of concert dates with his All-Starr Band on Friday in Rama, Ont. The current leg of the tour then veers into the U.S. before returning to Canada for a date in Vancouver in July.

"It's the dream I had at 13: to play drums and play with good people — it's still unfolding," he told CBC News.

"It's what I do."

Along with participating in the host of events celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Beatles' arrival in North America this year, he's also marking the 25th anniversary of his first All-Starr Band tour. Meanwhile, the amiable drummer and singer is balancing a host of other projects as well, including a new album, several books and an art exhibit.

In the attached video, Starr talks to CBC's Jelena Adzic about still finding time to tour and how he'd like the Beatles to be remembered.