Ringo's All Starr Band 2010

Written by Randy Patterson

Posted June, 2010

This month will witness the latest tour and incarnation (the 11th, to be exact) of Ringo and His All Starr Band.  This will be one of those special and rare opportunities to see the “lovable Beatle” performing many of the hits from his impressive solo work as well as from the Beatles’ extensive catalog.  Ringo also will be sharing the spotlight with each of All Starr band mates as they sing some of their hits, as well.

Ringo kicked off his first All Starr band back in the summer of 1989.  The band consisted of Clarence Clemons (Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band, the Jerry Garcia Band and the Grateful Dead), the late Rick Danko (The Band), Levon Helm (also of The Band), Dr. John, legendary session drummer, Jim Keltner (who worked on many of the greatest classic rock albums ever recorded), Nils Lofgren (Neil Young, E Street Band), the late Billy Preston and the incomparable Joe Walsh.

Over the next twenty years, other big names such as Burton Cummings, Dave Edmunds, Randy Bachman, the late John Entwistle, Peter Frampton, Todd Rundgren, Billy Squier, Greg Lake and Eric Carmen, to name just a few, joined Ringo band of merry men, delighting audiences everywhere.  Who wouldn’t want to see Ringo perform not only the great Beatles tunes but his many great songs from his long solo career? I mean, really!  Who wouldn’t?

The eleventh All Starr Band is made up of another impressive group of some of the best artists in rock and roll history.  The multi-talented Edgar Winter returns for his third tour of duty with Ringo as well as Gary Wright for his second stint.  On their maiden voyage with Ringo are Rick Derringer (Hang On Sloopy, Rock and Roll Hootchie Koo), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Wally Palmar (the Romantics) and Gregg Bissonette (Maynard Ferguson, David Lee Roth, Carlos Santana, Toto).

This tour is, in part, in support of Starr’s 15th solo album entitled Y Not that features ten great new tunes crafted, sung in the signature Ringo Starr style. You can read more on Y Not by clicking here to read the Boomerocity review of the album.

To find out more about the latest All Starr Band tour, I tracked down Rick Derringer and Gary Wright.  I chatted by with Derringer first, as he was in route to a sound check before a show with Pat Travers.  Derringer shares that, “ . . .basically, Ringo’s agent has been a big fan and he tried to do it a couple of years ago but, for whatever reason, it didn’t happen. This year, they had the slot to fill and I was the perfect guy to do it.”

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