The onetime Beatle has been doing this for several years, and it’s always a great nostalgia show with an ever-changing mix of artists.
And Starr still gets behind the drum kit.
I took my son to see this show last time Ringo brought the crew around. It was his first concert and worth the price of admission. He’s since graduated to Metallica and Green Day, but as an introductory show it was perfect.
Not that it’s a show for kids only. What Ringo does is build a band with musicians who had success in the past. The show we went to included Billy Squier on guitar, Edgar Winter on keyboards and horns, and Gary Wright on keyboards.
And the way it works is each member of the band does two of their past hits — “Frankenstein” and “Free Ride” for Winter; “The Stroke” and “Lonely Is The Night” for Squier. Gary Wright does his pop hit, “Dream Weaver.” You get the idea.
Of course, you also get a good selection of Ringo and Beatles hits, from “It Don’t Come Easy” to “Yellow Submarine.”
So, that’s the kind of show it is, and if that’s something you’d get into I’d recommend the show. Certainly, if you have kids who are getting into music it’s a nice introduction to live shows at a pretty good venue.
This time around Ringo’s bringing back Winter, Wright and drummer Greg Bissonette. But he’s rounding out the band with Richard Page from Mr. Mister and Wally Palmer from the Romantics. He’s also got Rick Derringer on guitar, and that should be a treat.
Derringer, if you never heard of him, was just a teenager when he scored the hit “Hang On Sloopy” with the McCoys. He went on to play with both Johnny and Edgar Winter for years, including on Edgar’s classic They Only Come Out At Night album, where he split guitar duties with Ronnie Montrose.
Anyway, Ringo’s Big Apple show will be on July 7, and is part of a tour behind his latest album, Y Not. Also, with Ringo’s star power you never know who shows up. We had Levon Helm make an appearance at our show.
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