Ringo Starr has carved out a nice little niche with his rotating All Starr Band cast members. They come. They go. They come back again. New ones are brought in. And it always adds up to a great and fun show with lots of different songs coming into the mix. It’s actually a brilliant concept, as every tour that Ringo does will bring additions to the setlist that come with the revolving door.
It’s Ringo’s 13th All Starr Band outing, and it brings him to our neck of the woods in three different venues. There are shows in Atlantic City (Caesars), in Easton (State Theatre) and Lancaster (American Theatre). Hopeful concertgoers will have the opportunity to win meet-and-greet passes from 102.9 MGK during my “Noontime Nuggets” and Andre Gardner’s “Beatles Break” weekday afternoons. Winners will hang out with Ringo at the special Art Exhibit Event at Caesars on June 24. Ringo’s artwork is also on display and available for purchase through July 23 at I. Brewster and Sons Gallery (the former site of the Please Touch Museum). Those attending the Lancaster and Easton shows will also get to view and purchase new Ringo artwork through the traveling Rock Art Show. We’re told that there will be a limited number of signed silk-screened drumheads at these shows.
This time around, the band features Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Journey, Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera (sax player extraordinaire with Foreigner and Billy Joel) and drummer Gregg Bissonette (Santana, Toto, etc.). This will be the first All Starr outing for Lukather and Rolie, which means we’ll more than likely be treated to songs like “Roseanna” and “Black Magic Woman” in addition to “Yellow Submarine” and “Hello It’s Me.” We’re hearing that Ringo will pull out a few gems as well: songs from the Beatles and his solo catalog that he rarely performs. Plus, expect to hear new songs from the recent album, Ringo 2012.
Ringo will spend his July 7 birthday on the road by performing at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. And if he holds true to form, he will ask everyone and anyone everywhere and anywhere, to join him in a wish for peace and love at noon that day. Flash the peace sign!
June 20: 8 p.m. American Theatre, 2425 Lincoln Highway East, Lancaster, PA 17605. TICKETS: $115-$165, amtshows.com
June 23: 9 p.m. Caesars Atlantic City, 2100 Pacific Ave., Atlantic City, NJ 08401. TICKETS: $65-$125, caesarsac.com
June 26: 8 p.m. State Theatre Center for the Arts, 453 Northampton St., Easton, PA 18042. TICKETS: $105-$150, statetheatre.org
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