After two Covid delays Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band finally made it to the State Theatre in Easton, PA on September 9th. This would be the fourth time Ringo graced the theatre’s stage, and jokingly Ringo stated, “you love us here, maybe I will move here.” That would be a trip to see that Ringo’s U.S. home being Easton, but jokes aside, the recently turned 82 Beatle put on a fantastic show with as much energy as if he was in his 20’s.
For this tour, Ringo’s All-Starr Band featured Colin Hay on guitars, Hamish Stuart on bass, Edgar Winter on keyboards, Gregg Bissonette on drums, Steve Lukather on guitars, and Warren Ham on saxophone. The best part of Ringo’s shows are that his band members have all been in other music groups and it isn’t just Ringo’s and Beatles songs perform, but a variety of music. Songs like “Rosanna” by Toto will be led by Steve Lukather and Ringo will shine while playing on the drums. It is almost like a carnival where you will get different flavors of music while still having the majority of music be Ringo’s solo work or the Beatles. Ringo might not play as many Beatles songs live as Paul McCartney, but there are times when the All-Star Band will play clips like during the song “Frankenstein”. The song is originally done by Edgar Winter, but towards the end of the song, songs like “Ticket To Ride”, “Come Together”, “Rain”, and “The End” will get featured. It is always an unique performance when you see Ringo live, and at 82 his energy is unbeatable.
There is always the staple Ringo written songs that are featured like “Octopus’s Garden” and “Photograph”, to which he rounds out the ending with show “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Even though his latest album, EP3, will be out on September 16, he didn’t play any songs off the album or his previous album Change The World. However, besides the flawless show, there is one thing that is constant and that was Ringo promoting peace and love. I believe that is where his longevity comes from, Ringo seems to not have one bad bone in his body and he spreads so much hope at his shows you can’t help but leave with a smile and goodness in your heart.