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Peace & Love from Ringo & His All Starr Band

                                                                                Reviewed by Pat Cantwell

The fitting end to a great evening of music was Ringo and the band leading the audience in singing the John Lennon-penned anthem “Give Peace a Chance.” I can’t wait for Ringo and the 11th Annual All Star Band Tour!




Area music fans were treated to a superb performance by Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band Friday July 25th at the new Reno Ballroom.


Peace, love and fun set the tone as Ringo and his band provided us a variety of hits from each of the respective band members. After all, it was Ringo who was first to extend the olive branch in the post-Beatle era by inviting John, Paul and George to appear on his1973 breakthrough album: “Ringo.”


This 10th anniversary All Starr Band included guitarists Billy Squier and Colin Hay (from ‘Men At Work’), bassist Hamish Stuart (from ‘The Average White Band’), keyboardists Gary Wright and Edgar Winter, and second drummer Gregg Bissonette.


The 68 year old drummer reached back to songs he sang early in his Beatle career:

“Boys,” “Act Naturally,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”


He treated the audience to the two Beatles songs he is most famous for: “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.”


Familiar solo career hits included: “Photograph,” and “It Don’t Come Easy.” The usually animated Starr was visibly touched when he sang the 2003 tribute to his friend the late George Harrison: “Never Without You.” The lyrics reference four of Harrison’s compositions. At the song’s ending Starr quipped: “I love that song. I love that man.”


Beatles references resonated throughout the evening. Gary Wright credited a book given to him by Harrison as the inspiration for his 1976 mega-hit “Dream Weaver” which he sang with unwavering pitch and complete range.


Colin Hay enthusiastically performed the Men At Work hits: “Down Under and “Who Can It Be Now. Squire performed “The Stroke” and Stuart led the band in his biggest hit “Pick Up The Pieces.”


From a pure musical standpoint, it was the multi-faceted Winter and his performance of  “Frankenstein” that brought the

crowd to its feet. Winter played keyboards, saxophone and even took a stab at drums.

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Reno resident Pat Cantwell is a 20 year radio industry veteran. He is the national/regional sales manager for 7 Reno radio stations, including 103.7 The River.

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