Tuesday, 13 October 2015


Ringo and His All Starr Band played the Jubilee Auditorium in Edmonton on October 12, 2015.
For four years now, this iteration of Starr’s All-Starr Band has been touring the world, here including Rundgren, Mr. Mister singer Richard Page, Toto guitarist Steve Lukather, ex-Santana keyboardist Gregg Rolie, Bread’s saxman Warren Ham and one-time David Lee Roth drummer Greg Bissonette, who as Ringo pointed out, held the night together, the gorgeous building was all but sold out.

“Come on, don’t be Canadians,” a stunningly fit-and-young-looking Ringo joked, opening with Carl Perkins’ Matchbox and playing the swing-number Act Naturally deep into the night, the long set ranged from country to ’80s pop (which is what country has been for 20 years, anyway) to historical landmarks like Photograph, I Wanna Be Your Man, and our Blue Meanie prime minister’s arts-gala singalong favourite, With a Little Help From My Friends, to which Starr did his all-night, left-right polka dance — basically laughing through the song. “If you don’t know this one you’re at the wrong venue,” Ringo smiled.
Don’t Pass Me By was much better, Yellow Submarine done with an almost obligatory shrug, a singalong children’s song known pretty well everywhere on the planet to this day.
The Santana songs were actually the night’s sneak-attack highlights, mostly because they kept to the first two albums. Evil Ways was great, Black Magic Woman of course, and Rolie and Lukather were hilariously pushing each other around as that mutated into Gypsy Queen.

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