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'Things We Said Today' preview: Mark Rivera on Ringo, Billy Joel, his solo album

Mark Rivera
Mark Rivera
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The next “Things We Said Today,” the weekly show about Beatles news we co-host with Ken Michaels of "Every Little Thing," and which premieres March 21 on, features an in-depth interview with Mark Rivera, music director for Ringo Starr's All-Starr Band and also a longtime member of Billy Joel's band.

Among the topics in the show, Rivera discusses how a song is added to the All-Starr Band setlist and he gave an example of what happened with Greg Lake.

“When Greg Lake was in the band, 'Karn Evil 9' was a lock. 'Lucky Man' was a lock. And I think he wanted to do 'From the Beginning.' And I looked over to Greg, and Ringo was there, and I said, 'What about 'The Court of the Crimson King'? And Greg was like, 'Uh, no, that'll never work, no, no. No one would ever remember. I said, 'Dude, I'm a huge fan and that's true rock 'n' roll history. … It was one of those times that if you were conscious … I hate to say it, but it was such a drug-influenced record, it had such heavy connotations. 'The Court of the Crimson King' was such a trip.

“And I won't say he fought tooth-and-nail, but it took a little bit of heavy lifting to convince him to let's try it. So we try it and Ringo does his first three songs and the first songs after Ringo's songs, he says, 'I'd like to introduce Greg Lake. And all of a sudden (Rivera imitates beginning of song), the whole audience is almost in tears because anybody's who around that time … I pat myself on the back. It was one of the best calls of my career with Ringo.”

Also in the show, Rivera talks about his great solo album “Common Bond” and the night Paul McCartney joined Billy Joel at “Last Play at Shea.”

You can hear the entire interview when it airs at noon ET Saturday, then noon and midnight ET Sunday on After the initial airing, it will also be available on our website at and through iTunes.


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