Posted in music | tour dates on June 18, 2014

words and photos by P Squared Photography

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band @ Beacon Theatre - 6/17/14
Ringo Starr
Ringo Starr

If it's a hot sticky summer night, there is a good chance the peace and loving Beatle, Ringo Starr is bringing his always reliable All Starr Band to a theater somewhere in America. Last night (6/17), they landed in the shed called the Beacon Theater for the first of a two-night stand on their current tour. For those that have never seen any of the past incarnations of the All Starr Band, what you don't get are deep cuts from say Ringo's 1970 very good but underrated country album Beaucoups of Blues. Instead you get an evening of, as Ringo said last night, sitting back, relaxing, smiling and singing along to some tunes you probably know very well. To the predominantly older audience last night, this was just what they wanted. The current incarnation of the band featured as usual a number of well heeled musicians who made their biggest marks in the the '70s and '80s. and have been mainstays of past All Starr Bands. Steve Lukather, one of the most prolific session guitarists ever and most well known as being in the band Toto. Richard Page of the band Mr. Mister. Greg Rolie whose unmistakable keyboard playing you have heard from his time with Santana. Drummer Greg Bissonette, another prolific session drummer who most notably used to play with David Lee Roth. Finally, rounding out the band is the Wizard, Genius, True Star and Runt, Todd Rundgren.

It's easy to be cynical about Ringo's constant waving of the peace and love flag (almost every tune was followed by him throwing up peace signs). I along with the rest of the crowd, though, put that away for the evening and sang along to songs such as "Photograph" and "It Don't Come Easy" -- from his best solo album 1973's eponymous Ringo. Songs made famous by some of the other members which meant of course the Toto hit "Hold The Line," Mr. Mister's '80s hits "Kyrie" and "Broken Wings," Santana's "Black Magic Woman" and "Oye Como Va." Getting the most applause of the "other member" songs were Rundgren's "I Saw the Light" from 1972's still amazing Something/Anything record and "Bang the Drum All Day" which saw Todd front and center banging, what else but, a drum. Finally, of course, some tunes by that "other band" Mr Starr used to be in. There were the covers from back in the day, The Shirelles "Boys", Carl Perkins "Honey Don't", and from Help, "Act Naturally" which was first recorded by the Hee Haw man Buck Owens and his Buckaroos. Finally, some of Ringo's Beatle's classics such as "Don't Pass Me By" and the last song of the evening, wait for it...."With a Little Help from My Friends"

Nothing complicated or challenging or even mind blowing. Just a fun, enjoyable night of very skilled musicians playing songs we all know and love. Ringo does it again at Beacon tonight (6/18), which there are still a few tickets left for.

Since we are on the topic of a Beatle, we should mention the big news that came out this week. At least big for vinyl enthusiasts (myself included in that group..ack run for cover) or nerds, whichever side you are on. September 9 will see The Beatles in Mono vinyl reissue box finally released. Thankfully the prayers of faithful were answered and the records are being cut to lacquer using the original analogue master tapes. The entire process being AAA. WOW! This was unfortunately not done with the previous Stereo box which used digital masters and while sounding very good, this new box should sound absolutely fantastic and exactly what vinyl fans rave about. At 400 or so dollars the set is not a cheap one but hey, go try to find original UK mono versions and see what that runs ya. For more in-depth information about the box, check out vinyl expert Michael Fremer's Analog Planet site.

Now someone find me a clean Original UK stereo Abbey Road for a less than obscene price please!

More pictures and the setlist from Beacon Theatre below...

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SETLIST: (via)
Matchbox (Carl Perkins cover)
It Don't Come Easy
Wings
I Saw the Light (Todd Rundgren cover) (performed by Todd Rundgren)
Evil Ways (Willie Bobo cover) (performed by Gregg Rolie)
Rosanna (Toto cover) (performed by Steve Lukather and Warren Ham)
Kyrie (Mr. Mister cover) (performed by Richard Page)
Bang the Drum All Day (Todd Rundgren cover) (performed by Todd Rundgren)
Boys (The Shirelles cover)
Don't Pass Me By (The Beatles cover)
Yellow Submarine (The Beatles cover)
Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen (Santana cover) (performed by Gregg Rolie)
Honey Don't (Carl Perkins cover)
Anthem
You Are Mine (Richard Page cover) (performed by Richard Page)
Africa (Toto cover) (performed by Steve Lukather and Richard Page)
Oye como va (Tito Puente cover) (performed by Gregg Rolie)
Love Is the Answer (Utopia cover) (performed by Todd Rundgren)
I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles cover)
Broken Wings (Mr. Mister cover) (performed by Richard Page)
Hold the Line (Toto cover) (performed by Steve Lukather and Warren Ham)
Photograph
Act Naturally (Buck Owens cover)
With a Little Help from My Friends (The Beatles cover) (inc. Give Peace A Chance)

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Comments (34)

THe luckiest man in showbiz strikes again.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 6:04 PM

lucky or not, one of the best rock drummers of the 60s. Before Ringo, rock&roll drummers played in the 1950's shuffle style of drumming (Pete Best included.) Ringo pretty much created ROCK drumming. Look at any clip of '63-'64 and see the first rock drummer kick the music forward. And he was melodic and musical. Major chops? Who cares. It's Ringo. He was great.
To be the fourth most talented Beatle is not a bad thing....

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 6:30 PM

The Beatles were terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 7:28 PM

Ringo looks good. I absolutely loathe todd rundgren.

Posted by beast | June 18, 2014 8:31 PM

I wish J Mascis would dress like Rundgren.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 8:40 PM

6:04 : most ignorant bv comment section douche strikes again.

7:28 : who was good? was your mother any good?

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 9:13 PM

Black Magic Woman was written by Peter Green and 1st performed by Green's band, Fleetwood Mac. Santana popularized the song about 2 years after its initial release.

Posted by anonymous | June 18, 2014 9:17 PM

8:31 : ringo looks better than a majority of bloated marketing professionals scarfing down crif dogs on bedford ave. "before real dinner" :-))).

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 9:18 PM

I can say from personal experience that 7:28's mother is very very good.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 9:27 PM

7:28's mother is Bad Bad Bad!!

But in such a good way.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 9:55 PM

in any case, Ringo WAS a great drummer. He can keep a steady beat now still, but he is certainly no longer a great drummer.
He's just Ringo the (Beatle) personality. Fair enough. Through 1970 at least, he was a great drummer. Perhaps it has to do with the fact that he never steadily performed again as the only drummer in a band past 1966.

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 11:11 PM

no more fan mail
-ringo starr

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 11:26 PM

Ringo looks better at 70+ than all the 20 somethings who play St. Vitus #endfatrock

Posted by Anonymous | June 18, 2014 11:46 PM

Todd Rundgren looks horrible. Get it together, dude.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 12:21 AM

@9:17, you are absolutely correct and of course I knew this. But for better or worse the song is most famously associated with Santana.

I'm a huge Peter Green fanatic though(and own a copy of the original single) so thanks for pointing that out

Posted by P Squared | June 19, 2014 2:27 AM

Ringo reminds me of Tribe brand hummus...
It's the lowest quality blend, but it's still a chickpea based item, so I'll dip my baby carrot with a smile.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:07 AM

Ringo is still a fantastic drummer

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 7:01 AM

yeah he sure is still a great drummer.listen to y not album , he has the best backbeat in rock n roll and if anything his drumming has gotten better through the years.try playing rain or day in the life from the Beatle days you may get close but thats all.Levon Helm one of the great drummers of all time said Ringo was the best rock n roll drummer ever so did John Lennon. thats good enough for anyone

Posted by Eddie Texas | June 19, 2014 7:07 AM

studio, perhaps, but on stage, Ringo barely plays the drums with anything beyond his basic beat, his second drummer does most of the work.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 7:40 AM

people love to badmouth Ringo but no one can play drums as well as him. interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 8:15 AM

Dang. He totally ripped that name off from Ringo Deathstar.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 8:44 AM

if he is the last beatle to live, there is no chance for this world.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 8:53 AM

How many peace signs did he flash in the set?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 9:05 AM

Ringo says 7:28's mother was just 'alright'

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 10:10 AM

Peace and love.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 10:11 AM

Ringo looks younger than the lead singer of The National.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 10:12 AM

Greg Dulli could learn a thing or two about taking care of himself from Ringo.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 10:23 AM

Didn't even consider going to this but the band is actually worth seeing. Are scalps for ~$10 out front possible?

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 12:32 PM

Ringo does Toto? I want to hear him bless the rains down in Africa!

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 1:37 PM

Soooooo there were four actual ringo songs in the whole set.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 1:50 PM

I don't recognize the guy in the polka dot shirt. Who is he?

Posted by anonymouss | June 19, 2014 3:25 PM

Will Lee

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 3:28 PM

Agreed that Ringo WAS a great drummer, and has it in him musically to still BE a great drummer, but he does not play enough on his own at this point (that is, as THE drummer) to "keep it up", AS a great drummer. It's not a slam or a put down, he is a great musician. But no, he is presently not playing as a great drummer, and it is a bit of a shame, because yes, he is a beautiful player.

Posted by Anonymous | June 19, 2014 11:38 PM

Ringo looks good. I absolutely Love Todd Rundgren.

Posted by Anonymous | June 25, 2014 9:33 PM

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