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I Saw Another Beatle and his Phenomenal Band: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band Concert Review

My concert tour continued Wednesday night in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I went to see Ringo Starr And His All-Starr Band!!
And wow what a band they are.
This is not just a showcase for the great Beatle.
This is a showcase for the whole band.
This band includes Ringo on vocals/drums/keyboards on one song, but guitarist/vocalist Steve Lukather of Toto and many session works (including Michael Jackson’s Thriller album), guitarist/vocalist/bassist/percussionist Todd Rundgren (who celebrated his birthday at this show), vocalist/keyboardist Greg Rolie (Santana/Journey), bassist/vocalist Richard Page (Mr. Mister), drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth’s solo band), and vocalist/saxophonist/keyboardist Warren Ham.
Throughout the show, they played songs from each of their respective careers.
So many highlights.
Really, the whole show was a highlight.
I’m honored to say that I finally saw the other surviving member of The Beatles, Ringo Starr (I saw Sir Paul McCartney last year.)
He’s still amazing.
But again, so is his band.
Holy cow!
They totally blew me away.
Just Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Greg Rolie, Richard Page, and Greg Bissonette alone were worth the price of admission.
I kid you not, when the band played Santana songs, Steve Lukather played Carlos Santana’s guitar parts note for note.
The guy is just out of this world.
And hearing Steve sing and play Toto songs was quite a treat.
And birthday boy Todd Rundgren is a favorite of mine.
His double album Something Anything is a masterpiece, in my opinion.
He played a couple of his songs, and they blew me away.
Hearing the band playing Richard Page’s Mr. Mister song Broken Wings was a huge highlight.
Greg Rolie’s voice is still quite strong, and hearing him sing Santana songs was a treat.
Gregg Bissonette is a monster drummer.
Enough said.
And again, the man himself, Mr. Peace and Love Ringo.
He sang a lot of his Beatles and solo songs.
I could tell the band really loves playing and singing together.
And why not?
Because they’re phenomenal.
Anyway, a fun night 2 hours of great music was had by all.
I’m so glad I went to this show.
In 2 weeks (July 6), I’m finally seeing one of my favorite bands since I was 10, Guns N Roses!!! Woo!!
More shows and reviews to come.
As Ringo loves to say, “Peace and Love”.
P. S. Here is the setlist and pics.

Set List:

  1. Matchbox (Carl Perkins Cover song sung by Ringo)
  2. It Don’t Come Easy (Ringo)
  3. What Goes On (The Beatles song sung by Ringo)
  4. I Saw The Light (Todd Rundgren)
  5. Evil Ways (Willie Bobo cover, recorded by Santana, sung by Greg Rolie)
  6. Rosanna (Toto song sung by Steve Lukather)
  7. Kyrie (Mr. Mister song sung by bassist Richard Page)
  8. Bang The Drum All Day (Todd Rundgren)
  9. Boys (The Shirelles cover sung by Ringo)
  10. Don’t Pass Me By (The Beatles song sung by Ringo)
  11. Yellow Submarine (The Beatles song sung by Ringo. When introducing this song, Ringo said that this was the magical moment of the show. When he said people were expecting Led Zeppelin, in which Steve Lukather played the main riff to the Zeppelin classic Stairway To Heaven. Ringo even joked about seeing Zeppelin singer Robert Plant in the audience. Then he told Steve to play the right chords, and tore into Yellow Submarine.)
  12. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Fleetwood Mac cover, recorded by Santana, sung by Greg Rolie)
  13. You’re Sixteen (Johnny Burdette Cover song sung by Ringo)
  14. I’m The Greatest (Ringo song written by John Lennon)
  15. You Are Mine (Richard Page)
  16. Africa (Toto song sung by Steve)
  17. Oye Como Va (Tito Puente cover, recorded by Santana, sung by Greg)
  18. I Wanna Be Your Man (The Beatles song sung by Ringo)
  19. Love Is The Answer (Todd Rundgren’s band Utopia song sung by Todd. Amazing!!)
  20. Broken Wings (Mr. Mister song sung by Richard Page)
  21. Hold The Line (Toto song sung by Steve)
  22. Photograph (Ringo)
  23. Act Naturally (Buck Owens Cover song, recorded by The Beatles, sung by Ringo)
  24. With A Little Help From My Friends (The Beatles song sung by Ringo. This concludes with part of John Lennon’s song Give Peace A Chance.)

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