Ringo Starr and His All-Starr band played the last show of their summer tour at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA on Sept. 29. It continues a long tradition of Starr playing the Greek with the All-Starr band and I’ve been at each show there since 2012.
For the last several years, the All-Starr band has included TOTO’s Steve Lukather (Guitar/Vocals), founding member of Santana and Journey Gregg Rolie (Keyboards/Vocals), and original David Lee Roth band drummer Gregg Bissonette (Drums, Backing Vocals). My first time seeing the All-Starr band, Billie Joel Saxophonist Mark Rivera was with the group and in 2014 Warren Ham(Toto, Frankie Valli) took over for Sax, Percussion, and Vocals. From 2012-2017 Mr. Mister’s Richard Page (Bass/Vocals) and Todd Rundgren (Guitar/Vocals) were members of the band. Colin Hay (Men at Work) a member of the band back in 2008 returned this year as well as first time member 10cc’s Graham Gouldman on Bass and Vocals. This was Gouldman’s last show with the band.
In the 29 years since Ringo Starr put together his All Starr band it has included several legendary musicians from Joe Walsh to Levon Helm to Jack Bruce. His last incarnation (2012-2017) was the longest running All-Starr band. There is no audition process for the band, but one requirement is having three hits. The format of the show is that Starr opens with Carl Perkin’s “Matchbox” followed by his solo hit “It Don’t Come Easy,” and the Beatles “What Goes On,” before Starr sits behind the drums and lets his band take over for four songs. After the members play one of their own hits Starr continues with a few Beatles hits then a mix of the band’s individual hits (see setlist below).
There’s nothing like seeing a Beatle. To see Starr up there singing and playing drums to Beatles songs he originally sang and played on is quite an experience. Over 50 years ago, the Beatles made their historic U.S. debut on the Ed Sullivan show and to this day many consider them the greatest band of all time and they are the world's biggest selling group. Starr performed solo hits like “You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And Your Mine),” and “Photograph.” The Beatles songs Starr performed were “Yellow Submarine,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.” Starr’s closing song is always “With A Little Help from My Friends,” combined with “Give Peace a Chance,” as a tribute to John Lennon.
Starr always brings out his friends for this show and this time around it was his brother-in-law and former All-Starr Band member Joe Walsh (The Eagles), legendary session drummer and former All Starr Band member Jim Keltner (Traveling Wilburys, Ry Cooder), former All-Starr Band member Gary Wright, former All-Starr Band member Edgar Winter and ex Guns N Roses drummer Matt Sorum.
At this time Starr has no further dates this year.
1. Matchbox- Carl Perkins
2. It Don’t Come Easy
3. What Goes On- The Beatles
4. Dreadlock Holiday- 10cc
5. Evil Ways- Santana [Willie Bobo]
6. Rosanna- TOTO
7. Down Under- Men at Work
8. Boys- The Beatles [Shirelles]
9. Don’t Pass Me By- The Beatles
10. Yellow Submarine- The Beatles
11. I’m Not In Love- 10cc
12. Black Magic Woman- Santana [Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac]
13. You’re Sixteen You’re Beautiful (And Your Mine)- Johnny Burnette
15. Overkill- Men at Work
16. Africa- TOTO
17. Oye Como Va- Santana [Tito Puente]
18. I Wanna Be Your Man- The Beatles
19. The Things We Do for Love- 10cc
20. Who Can it Be Now? - Men at Work
21. Hold the Line- TOTO
23. Act Naturally- The Beatles [Buck Owens]
24. With A Little Help from My Friends/Give Peace a Chance- The Beatles/John Lennon