Ringo Starr has been one of the biggest names in drumming for nearly 60 years. For the last 30 years, Starr has been touring with his All-Starr Band. His very first All-Starr Band consisted of himself, Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Dr. John, Billy Preston, Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Clarence Clemons and Jim Keltner. Since then, the group has gone through a number of changes including many music legends like Randy Bachman, John Entwistle, Jack Bruce and Greg Lake. Traditionally, the final show of Ringo's summer tour is held at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA. Sept. 3, 1989, was the last show of the very first All-Starr Band tour.
Since last year's All-Starr Band tour, some line-up changes have occurred. Past All-Starr Band member Hamish Stuart (Average White Band) took over bass and vocal duties for Graham Gouldman (10CC). Gouldman had replaced Richard Page (Mr. Mister), who was with the All-Starr Band from 2012 to 2017. Additionally, Colin Hay (Men At Work) rejoined the band last year replacing Todd Rundgren, who had been a member for five years.
Ringo’s longest-running All-Starr Band members are Steve Lukather on guitar and vocals (Toto), keyboardist and vocalist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist and backing vocals Warren Hamm (Toto, Cher) and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, ELO). Starr hand picks his All-Starr Band from artists who are able to both sing and play an instrument, as well as those who have had several charting hits.
I’ve been seeing the All-Star Band perform since 2012 and the format of the show follows a familiar template. Starr is on vocals for the first three songs, starting with Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox.” On song number four, Starr takes the drum seat for Santana’s “Evil Ways” and lets his band play their hits. The show then goes back and forth between his member’s hits, Starr's solo hits and Beatles’ hits.
For the finale of "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Give Peace A Chance," Starr was joined by three surviving members of his original All-Starr Band: Joe Walsh (Eagles), Nils Lofgren (E Street Band), and studio legend Jim Keltner, as well Eric Carmen (Raspberries), Wally Palmar (The Romantics), Edgar Winter and Richard Page (Mr. Mister). In attendance were many celebrities and musicians including comedian Jeff Ross, Benmont Tench (The Heartbreakers), Brian Ray (Paul McCartney), Matt Sorum (Deadland Ritual), producer/musician Don Was, Brooks Wackerman (Avenged Sevenfold), Kyle Gass (Tenacious D) and actor/musician Drake Bell.
There really is nothing like seeing a Beatle. Long before the internet and dedicated music channels, The Beatles had worldwide success, becoming one of the biggest and best-selling groups ever. After appearing on the Ed Sullivan Show, the Beatles went on to play stadium shows around America. Following the break up of the band, all four members had successful solo careers, including being inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as both members of the Beatles and as solo artists. To this day, the Beatles remain culturally relevant, with reissues of their music coming every couple years and movies based on their lives and music being made.