Ringo Starr wrapped his 30th anniversary All Starr Band tour on Sunday night (September 1st) at L.A.'s Greek Theatre with over a half-dozen All Starr alumni joining in for the show's closer — a medley of the Beatles' Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band classic, "With A Little Help From My Friends" into John Lennon's "Give Peace A Chance."
Joining in were Ringo's brother-in-law Joe Walsh, Nils Lofgren, Eric Carmen, Edgar Winter, the Romantics' Wally Palmar, Mr. Mister's Richard Page, Gary Wright, and legendary solo Beatles drummer Jim Keltner.
Ringo Starr's 2019 All Starr Band lineup featured such veteran All Starr's as Toto's Steve Lukather, Men At Work's Colin Hay, Santana and Journey co-founder Gregg Rolie, along with percussionist Warren Ham, and drummer Gregg Bissonette. Returning to the group was Hamish Stuart from the Average White Band and longtime Paul McCartney sideman.
Eric Carmen, who provided guitar and keyboards during the All Starr's 2000 tour, recalled getting the call from his manager, who had been offered the gig: ["'Well, what do think? Do you want to go out and tour with a Beatle?' I said, 'No way! I wouldn’t get near that guy!' No, only kiddi. . . of course! I said, 'Gee that would be fun. Who else is in the band?' He said, 'Well, Jack Bruce from Cream, and Dave Edmunds on guitar, and Simon Kirke from Bad Company and Free on drums, and Ringo, of course.' 'Well, that sounds like a pretty weak lineup.' '. . . Mark Rivera from Billy Joel’s band is going to play sax.' 'Yeah, I would consider that.' So that was that."'] SOUNDCUE (:30 OC: . . . that was that)
Gary Wright, best known for his keyboard work with George Harrison and his own 1976 Top Two hit, "Dream Weaver," toured as an All Starr in 2008, 2010, and 2011. We asked him what the vibe was like being out on the road with Ringo: ["Oh Ringo, he's the best. The kindest, most compassionate, up person. Y'know, I never saw him in a bad mood. Y'know, he'd get on the plane and 'How's everybody doin'? We all ready. . . " Always just like, totally up and just very, very concerned about everybody, and (laughs) funnier than hell all the time. It was a joy, it was an absolute joy to work with him."] SOUNDCUE (:24 OC: . . . work with him)
Joe Walsh was a key member of the 1989 and 1992 All Starr Band tours. Ringo Starr explained that the relationship he shares with Joe Walsh these days is worlds away from when they first worked together in the early-1980's: [“It’s a different life we lead now. We both, actually got our share of ‘medication’ (laughs), y’know, for many years and we both pulled out of that life and now, y’know, we’re a couple of healthy guys, livin’ a good life. We’re playing a lot; I’m playing every chance I get — y’know, he’s out solo. And, y'know, we’re brother-in-law(s) now. He’s my brother-in-law — not only my best friend.”] SOUNDCUE (:27 OC: . . . my best friend)