Yes folks, Ringo and his All-Starr Band are still trotting out year after year. You may roll your eyes a little bit. You may even be a little sad that a Beatle is “reduced” to playing at Casinos and smaller venues.
Well, if you haven’t seen Ringo and his All-Starrs, don’t criticize. It is a wild ride filled with professional musicians who are nothing but showmen in their own right. You are guaranteed nothing short of a great time, and a setlist filled with hits when you see a Ringo show. It really is a hot time. It’s nice to see Ringo adding a new song to his own repertoire, and interesting that he, like Paul, would add a-bit of a Lennon song, Give Peace a Chance, to his setlist. If anyone gets a chance to see Ringo on this tour, please drop us a line, we’d love to hear your own tour reports, pictures, and videos.
SETLIST for Ringo and his All-Starr Band, opening night”
- It Don’t Come Easy
- What Goes On
- Memphis In Your Mind
- Lonely is the night – Billy
- Free Ride – Edgar –
- Land Down Under – Colin
- Dream Weaver – Gary
- Pick Up the Pieces – Hamish
- Liverpool 8
- Act Naturally
- Yellow Submarine
- solo spot
- Are you Looking At Me – Colin
- In The Dark – Billy
- Frankenstein – Edgar
- Never Without You
- Choose Love
- The Stroke – Billy
- Work To Do – Hamish
- I Wanna Be Your Man
- Love Alive – Gary
- Who Can It Be Now – Colin –
- Oh My My
- With Help From My Friends
- Back Off Boogaloo/Give Peace A Chance
Don’t forget to check out some of the other editorial reviews fromthe opening night of the tour from Jam! Showbiz and Buffalo News, and Toronto Sun. Here’s the press conference coverage from St. Catherine’s Standard. All things Ringo!
Here’s what we’ve read.
GT O’Rourke had been waiting months to indulge his inner Beatle. Thursday night, it was time to twist and shout.
Beatle fans came from hundreds of kilometres away to savour Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at the Niagara Fallsview Casino, kicking off a summer tour with two dates at the Avalon Ballroom. They played their second show last night.
For O’Rourke, who claims to be the biggest Beatles fan in Niagara Falls, this was no mere concert.
“It’s a big deal,” he said, sporting purple shades, a mop top and assorted Beatles buttons on his jacket.
“They made me who I am.”
With more than 4,000 pieces of memorabilia, O’Rourke lives and breathes The Beatles.
And he wasn’t alone Thursday – fans of the Fab Four filled the 1,500- seat Avalon buzzing with the anticipation of being so close to one of their idols.
Jeff Maas made the trek from Erie, Pennsylvania sporting a Beatles t-shirt and dealing with some butterflies. After a lifelong obsession, it was his first time seeing one of the legends live.
He was six years old when The Beatles performed on the Ed Sullivan show in 1964.
“Right there and then, I said I wanted to play guitar,” said Maas after forking over $85 for two Ringo Starr shirts: One for him and one for his wife Barb.
“I married into it,” she said.
In addition to shirts, coffee mugs and tour programs, some of Starr’s artwork was also for sale in the lobby. Limited edition signed prints were priced between $800 and $1,400, and a few eager fans gladly paid.
Both Avalon shows quickly sold out and a large group of people waited outside the theatre Thursday hoping for some tickets to become available.
Minutes before the show started, Tamara W. from Pittsburgh stood with her husband hoping for good news.
“If we don’t get in, we’ll just go over to the casino,” she said. “It’s worth a shot.”
With all this buzz, the show itself had plenty to live up to. But soon after taking the stage with an abbreviated “A Little Help From My Friends” and his solo hit “It Don’t Come Easy,” Starr was relaxed and cracking jokes.
“Nice to see the people with the old t-shirts on,” he said.
After the first few songs, Starr went behind the drum kit and gave the floor to his band -Billy Squier, Gary Wright, Edgar Winter, Hamish Stuart of Average White Band and Colin Hay of Men at Work. The format is the same for every All-Starr band tour: Everyone plays a few of their own hits in-between Starr’s songs.
For a band that has been rehearsing barely ten days, they were remarkably tight. Hay’s “Down Under” and “Who Can It Be Now” were lively crowd-pleasers (highlighted by the spastic dance moves of one die-hard fan in the front row); Squier cut loose on “Lonely Is the Night” and “The Stroke,” while Wright got the crowd pumped with his ’70s classics “Dream Weaver” and “Love is Alive.”
If the audience wasn’t familiar with Stuart, they sure recognized the groovy “Pick Up the Pieces” -a full-blown jam which had the Avalon bopping. It was topped by Winter’s “Frankenstein,” which had him racing around the stage playing sax, keyboards and drums. As always, it brought the house down.
“Being in this band, you wish you’d done all those numbers,” quipped Starr.
Lively as they were, the crowd saved most of its love for Beatles rockers like “What Goes On” and “I Want To Be Your Man.”
Just before “Boys,” Starr said, “I’ve been doing this one for a long time … and I still do because I love it.”
The 67-year-old Starr looked remarkably fit, though he wasn’t shy about goofing on his age. After a robust “Yellow Submarine,” he told the crowd, “We’ve come to a beautiful moment in the show … where I have to go lay down now.”
This is the tenth incarnation of the All-Starr Band since 1989 -the previous three tours launched at Casino Rama in Orillia.
Starr threw in a few surprises for the new one, including the romp “Oh My My” (“The first time live on any stage,” he said) and -after the set-closing “With a Little Help From My Friends” -a brief bit of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance.”
A fitting end to a night of Ringo’s patented peace and love.
Source: Niagara Falls Review