Ringo Starr Mixes It Up With His All-Starr Band

The Pearl, March 15

Photo by Denise Truscello

Photo by Denise Truscello

This is the 13th variation of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band since he formed his touring supergroup in 1989, and this one created some strange musical juxtapositions. Starr, of course, got in his share of songs from his solo career and Beatles years, including rockers such as “Matchbox,” “Boys,” “I Wanna Be Your Man” and the whimsical “Yellow Submarine.” But with acts as disparate as Todd Rundgren, Toto (Steve Lukather, vocals/guitar), Santana (Gregg Rolie, keyboards) and Mr. Mister (Richard Page, vocals/bass) represented onstage, the styles and eras got a bit disjointed. The weirdest sequence featured the Latin rock of “Evil Ways,” followed by back-to-back ’80s pop smashes “Rosanna” and “Kyrie,” and then the upbeat goofiness of “Bang the Drum All Day.” At times, it felt like the dentist office’s greatest hits. It was quite surreal to watch 74-year-old Ringo sit behind the skins as Page belted out his earnest ’80s No. 1 hit “Broken Wings.” Lukather proved to be the real star of the show, though, as his guitar virtuoso held everything together, providing Ringo with more than enough help from his friends. ★★★✩✩


It Don’t Come Easy
I Saw the Light
Evil Ways
Bang the Drum All Day
Don’t Pass Me By
Yellow Submarine
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
Honey Don’t
You Are Mine
Oye Como Va
Love Is the Answer
I Wanna Be Your Man
Broken Wings
Hold the Line
Act Naturally
With a Little Help from My Friends
Give Peace a Chance

Photos by Denise Truscello

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