Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band, celebrating its 25th year in 2014, began their new summer U.S. tour June 6 with a mix of songs that has become their trademark. The Toronto Sun noted that in using most of the band lineup from last year the show was "looser, jammier, longer” with the band stretching out and having a great time.
The 2014 All-Starrs feature Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie from both Santana and Journey, Richard Page from Mr. Mister and Steve Lukather from Toto, plus drummer Gregg Bissonette. Last year's musical director, Mark Rivera, is touring with Billy Joel. He's being replaced by Warren Ham, Ringo's press office said.
Starr opened his first 2014 show with the Carl Perkins standard “Matchbox,” as he did during the group's final concert last year in Las Vegas at the Palms Casino Resort. Also sung by Ringo during the show were “It Don't Come Easy” from his solo career, “Wings” from his “Ringo 2012” album, then “Boys,” “Don't Pass Me By,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Honey Don't.
He then sang “Anthem,” also from “Ringo 2012,” then switched back to a Beatles song with “I Wanna Be Your Man.” He then returned to his solo career once more for “Photograph” and ended with “Act Naturally” and his signature song “With a Little Help From My Friends.” There were no additions or subtractions from last year's set. His band mates' songs were also the same ones from last year, though the order of some songs by both Ringo and the band was shuffled from last year.
“Just want to thank everybody at the show last night Casino Rama. You did Ringo and the Allstarrs proud well-done Canada. Peace and love R*😎🌟✌,” Ringo's Twitter account @ringostarrmusic posted online after the show. All-Starr Band member Steve Lukather also put in a social media comment, saying, “Fun opening night W/ RINGO last night. Sold out crowd and we had a blast. N.Y., here we come. We are ON tour! So much fun! Hope I see ya. Wave.”
The All-Starrs' first tour kicked off in 1989 with a lineup that certainly lived up to the name. The lineup included guitarists Joe Walsh (James Gang) and Nils Lofgren (E Street Band), fellow E Street Band member saxophonist Clarence Clemons, keyboardist and Apple Records recording artist Billy Preston, veteran session player Dr. John and drummer Levon Helm from the Band.
The 2014 band moves on to CMAC in Canandaigua, N.Y. tonight. After that, it heads to Pennsylvania and the Community Arts Center in Williamsport on June 8. Tickets are available here.
Recently, a book featuring the song "Octopus' Garden" was published as a children's book. It featured a CD with a special version of the song. You can see Ringo give a preview of the book in the video on this page.
The full Casino Rama setlist as provided by Ringo's press office: Ringo Starr: “Matchbox,” “It Don't Come Easy,” “Wings”; Todd Rundgren: “I Saw the Light”; Gregg Rolie: “Evil Ways”; Steve Lukather: “Rosanna”; Richard Page: “Kyrie”; Rundgren: “Bang the Drum All Day”; Ringo: “Boys,” “Don't Pass Me By”, “Yellow Submarine”; Gregg Rolie: “Black Magic Woman”;
Also, Ringo: “Honey Don't,” “Anthem”; Page: “You Are Mine”; Lukather: “Africa”; Rolie: “Oye como va”; Rundgren: “Love is the Answer”; Ringo: “I Wanna Be Your Man”; Page: “Broken Wings”; Lukather: “Hold the Line”; Ringo: “Photograph”, “Act Naturally,” “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Give Peace a Chance.”