Ringo Starr Schedules Summer North American Tour
Ringo Starr has announced that he will be taking his All Starr Band on a tour of North America this summer. Additionally, he released the names of the players in the current incarnation of the ever-evolving lineup of the band.
The 24-date tour will kick off with a two-night stand in Niagara Falls, Ontario on June 14 and 15. The tour will find the band hitting most parts of the U.S., and will end up at the Greek in Los Angeles on July 21. In between, the band will play cities including Boston; Atlantic City, N.J.; Atlanta; Nashville; Salt Lake City; Seattle, Portland, Ore. and San Diego.
The All Starr Band lineup for the tour will include Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette.
Ringo’s official website states that more tour dates will soon be announced. The website also lists songs that fans can expect to hear on the tour, including “It Don’t Come Easy,” Photograph,” “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Yellow Submarine” and “Black Magic Woman.”
The tour is to support Starr’s latest record, Ringo 2012, which was recently released. The band features songs by Ringo co-written with writers like Glen Ballard, Van Dyke Parks and Joe Walsh. Two covers also are included, including “Think it Over,” which was co-written by Buddy Holly. The star studded lineup of musicians that played on the album include Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Dave Stewart, Benmont Tench, Joe Walsh, Don Was and Edgar Winter. The album is Ringo’s 17th studio record.
Ringo first toured with the All Starr band in 1989, and has had countless musicians play with him over the intervening years. Big names that have backed the former Beatles’ drummer include Levon Helm, Sheila E, John Entwistle and Joe Walsh.