Ringo Starr and his All Starr band played the final show of their 2014 summer tour at the Greek last night, which always hosts the last show. Just 12 days earlier Ringo Starr was standing in front of Capitol Records in Hollywood to celebrate his 74th birthday with fans, family, his All Starr Band and a few iconic musicians. With a Ringo Starr show, you don’t only get his major solo hits and Beatles classics, you also get 3 songs from members of the band from their own catalog such as Steve Lukather performing Toto hits and Gregg Rolie performing Santana classics. Ringo Starr’s latest band is the same as his 2012 All Starr band consisting of Toto’s Steve Lukather (Guitar), founding member of both Journey and Santana Gregg Rolie (Organ, Keys) Mr. Mister’s Richard Page (Bass), All Starr band veteran Gregg Bissonette (Drums), Todd Rundgren (Guitar), and filling in for musical director and saxophonist for Billy Joel, Mark Rivera (Sax, Percussion) was Warren Ham (Sax, Percussion, keys)/ The show started off with “Breakfast With The Beatles” host Chris Carter speaking. The All Starr band came out, started playing Carl Perkins’ “Matchbox” and out came Ringo to a standing ovation. Ringo sang lead on the next two songs “It Don’t Come Easy,” and “Wings” before taking a seat behind the drums and handing it over to Todd Rundgren to sing his hit “I Saw The Light.” As always Rundgren was dressed very colorful and had a great time onstage. For the next few songs the band members performed their own hits.
The next member to lead the band was Gregg Rolie with the Santana classic “Evil Ways.” The hits kept coming with Toto's "Rosanna," Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie”, and Rundgren’s “Bang On The Drum All Day,” before Ringo took over again with “Boys,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” and “Yellow Submarine.” Ringo stepped of the stage as the band performed another Santana classic which Rolie sang on originally “Black Magic Woman.’ From the iconic organ intro to the instrumental break until the end, the band was on fire. Lukather “Luke” had a number of memorable guitar solos throughout the night, but really shredded on this one.
Once again Ringo came back to sing lead vocals on another Carl Perkins’ song “Honey Don’t,” which he started off with playing keyboard. For the next song Richard Page played a newer song “You Are Mine.” The next few songs were performed by the band with Ringo on drums as well. The song that had everybody clapping along was Toto’s “Africa.” The song that had the crowd moving along was “Oye Como Va,” and before another Beatles classic Todd Rundgren performed a hit from his band Utopia “Love Is The Answer.” The next Beatles classic which featured Ringo on drums and vocals was “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
There were two more songs left from the band before Ringo closed the show with his and Beatle’s hits. “Broken Wings” and “Hold The Line,” were the last songs led by band members. Ringo performed another one of his major solo hits “Photograph” Following photograph was another Beatles hit “Act Naturally” and “With A Little Help From My Friends” which Ringo has some help from his friends on. Joining Ringo and the All Starr band was Ben Harper, Jeff Lynne, Keith Allison, and Edgar Winter, who just lost his brother a few days earlier blues guitar legend Johnny Winter. The last song of the night was “Give Peace a Chance.” With the All Starr band you don’t just get great musicians, but also each member is a great vocalist. If you missed this show that’s it for this part of tour until it resumes in October.
In the audience was a mix of celebrities, famous musicians, and former All Starr Band members including Danny Devito, Edgar Winter, Ben Harper, Tommy Lee Jones, Thomas Gibson, and Joe Mantegna, Joe Walsh (Eagles), Jeff Lynne (ELO, Traveling Wilburys), Dave Stewart (Eurythmics), Keith Allison, Steve Porcaro (Toto), David Paich (Toto), Joseph Williams (Toto), and Cj Vanston (Spinal Tap, Steve Lukather).