Ringo Starr Drums up Band's Ninth Tour
25 July 2006
Even in rock n' roll, amazing as it might sound, sometimes it pays
to keep things simple. When Ringo Starr decided he'd like to go
on the road and play live music again, back in 1989, he more or
less just called some of his friends and suggested they hit the
road together for a few weeks of shows.
In the style of the old package tours - like the ones the Beatles
played in the backwater towns of Britain before they achieved more
elevated status - everyone would play a few of their hits.
The only twist was that this time, all the musicians would stay
on stage the whole show to play backup for each other.
That first tour included some artists who are no longer with us,
like Rick Danko of the Band and Billy Preston. But the simple concept
proved to be a winner. Even Bruce Springsteen came out, slipping
onstage in New Jersey to help sing "Get Back," "Long Tall Sally"
Starr enjoyed it enough that he has made All-Starr Band tours a
After the current tour, his ninth, Starr will finish up an album,
which he expects will be released next year. He has also been involved
with a theatrical Beatles show, premiered in Vegas last month by
Cirque du Soleil.
The All-Starrs this year include one-time Zombies lead Rod Argent,
Mark Hudson, Richard Marx, Hamish Stuart, Billy Squier, Edgar Winter
and Sheila E.