This group lovingly blends together the sounds of several decades of music, leading out with the single “It Don’t Come Easy” off the Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver. Ringo is the ultimate professional musician boasting around sixty years in the industry. His band members have sited him as an early musical influence and are jazzed they work and play together today.
On occasion Ringo switches things up with different talent, but at almost five years, this current roster of musicians has been playing the longest. I’ve seen younger bands perform. They concentrate on their set and stage personae. Ringo and his band, with their years of experience, have surpassed the technical aspect of a concert. These guys put the basics on auto-pilot while still surprising us with impromptu jamming, and just having fun making music. It's easy to tell they're friends on and off stage. That easy going atmosphere is what makes this show great. There are no egos as each is allowed time to shine with a solo.
The All Starr Band is made up with guitarists Todd Rundgren (“Bang the Drum All Day”) and Steve Lukather from the seventy’s group Toto who offered “Africa” and “Rosanna”. Richard Page brought his bass and vocals with eighties hits “Kyrie” and “Broken Dreams”. Journey’s original lead singer Gregg Rolie worked magic on keyboard and offered a sampling of his days with Santana on “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va”. The sound was rounded out with sax player Warren Ham, and Gregg Bissonette played additional drums for when Ringo stepped down to sing. All these guys have seen the years pass but they didn’t act like it on stage. The guitars swayed together, the drum sticks flew in sync with each other, Page overlapped my high school memories with perfect pitch, and Rundgren bounced and ran around with the energy of a twenty year old.
Ringo and his traveling band have it all. The band is a goldmine of talent; each showcasing their specialty in every song, supporting each member’s contribution. For Ringo, he laughed and joked easily with the audience and allowed us a musical time machine into the past with “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help From My Friends”. It’s obvious his life is music and sharing that is what makes him happiest, so why not do with those who feel the same way? Oh, and there’s nothing wrong with sending everyone home with a message. It was an honor and a thrill to hug my daughter and sign along with Ringo while he still encourages everyone to “Give Peace a Chance”.
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