It took 23 years and hundreds of shows surrounded by a veritable Who’s Who of popular music, but Ringo Starr finally heard the most accurate description of his All-Starr Band.
“We were in South America and a musician said [of the lineup], ‘Oh, great, no sidemen,’” the former Beatles drummer said last week during a press conference at a casino in upstate New York, where Starr and the 13th edition of his band of hitmakers kicked off their annual summer tour.
Who needs sidemen with a roster like the one that’s been assembled for Starr’s latest series of shows? The 2012 band boasts a couple of solid front men, and those who weren’t lead singers were original members of bands who have left their individual and indelible marks in music from the 1970s through today.
When Starr hits the stage of Caesars Atlantic City’s Circus Maximus Theater on Saturday, June 23, he’ll be working with singer and musician Todd Rundgren, singer and guitarist Steve Lukather of Toto, singer and keyboardist Greg Rolie, a founding member of both Santana and Journey, lead singer and bassist Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Mark Rivera, whose sax has anchored bands behind Billy Joel and Elton John and Gregg Bissonette, who hasn’t really played with everyone in modern music, although it certainly seems that way.
The level of talent and musicianship in the ranks totals well over 250 years of combined experience both on stage and in recording studios. When you reach that point on the show business ladder, Starr doesn’t need to do any stinkin’ auditions to pick his touring partners.
But Rundgren, who just embarked on his third tour with Starr, said there’s something special about this unit that had been missing from other versions of the band.
“This is the first time the band, from a non-musical standpoint, actually walks the walk [and gets] the whole peace and love thing,” Rundgren said, mentioning Starr’s mantra in recent years.
“Every day we play together we love each other more,” he added. “We go to dinner together, we go out to the movies, and that inspires us to play better. ... By the time we get to the end of this tour, we’re going to be delivering renditions that surpass anything we’ve done before.”
Starr said he and his fellow musicians are well past the point in their careers where he needs to audition potential band members. When his management team, friends and fellow musicians suggest names of possible band members, each name is a star in his or her own right.
“There’s no audition. The criteria is that you’ve had a hit sometime in this or the last century,” Starr said to laugher from both his stage mates and reporters.
What a coincidence? It wasn't until weeks after the Tropicana invited me to host a benefit for Covenant House with the spectacular Beatles cover band Yesterday, and the release of my new audio book...
Created in Las Vegas 22 years ago and intended for a three-month stay in Atlantic City during summer 2007, the Beatles tribute band Yesterday was such a hit it was twice granted contract extensions t...
Animator Ron Campbell’s resume includes such pop-culture hits as The Smurfs, The Jetsons, The Flintstones … it goes on and on. But for any Beatles fan, there is only one thing of note on that resume — the animated Beatles film Yellow Submarine. OK, make that two things as Campbell also animated the Beatles ’60s cartoon TV series. Put simply, the cartoon Beatles are Campbell’s pure and simple. And a special appearance by Campbell is one of the main highlights of “Revolution,” a show of Beatles artwork, which comes into the Rock and Pop Gallery at Boogie Nights at Resorts, Friday to Sunday (Sept. 4-6). The show even features artworks by actual Beatles; namely John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr. Campbell, however, will be in attendance throughout the free exhibit along with his distinctive colorful animations of the Fab Four. The show also includes an impressive list of works, all available for purchase. The show coincides with the re-release of the Beatles re-mastered CD collection. It all adds up to...
'A lot of little children and people from other countries are like, There’s Mr. Snickers! Then I find myself defending myself. I mean it’s a good thing. I love Snickers. And I freeze them in the refrigerator, but....'
Interview with music legend Gary Wright and listen to songs from the former Spooky Tooth member, B.B King sideman and George Harrison friend. Wright plays Atlantic City with Ringo's band July 3.
A one-off show at a to-be-determined location in Atlantic City is in the works for this summer.
During Beatlemania he wasn't thought of as the Cute One or the Smart One, and he certainly wasn't known as the Quiet One. But considering how he has embraced and embodied the principles of peace and ...
LONGPORT RESIDENT, Princeton graduate, WWII veteran, owner of the Steel Pier and NJ State Fair, part owner of the Miami Dolphins, and son of an inspiring tumbler turned Showman of the Century, George Hamid Jr. has had quite a story to tell for a long time. In his new book, The Acrobat: A Showman's Topsy-Turvy World ... from Buffalo Bill to the Beatles, he lays some of it down. He sat down for an interview last week with AC Weekly. Among the fairs, the circuses, the piers, and the other businesses that your family has been a part of over the years, which one stands out the most? Always Steel Pier. But for its longevity, it's the Shriners' Circus. We started it in '31 and it still operates. We play as far west as Denver and as far south as South Carolina and as far north as Massachusetts. [The Hamid Circus] almost exclusively operates the Shriners' Circus 20 weeks a year. You once said that it was up to the talent to find hotel rooms for themselves back in the day when you were booking the Steel Pier. Things sure have changed, haven't they? Back when we were booking big stars -- Crosby...