I don’t think Ringo Starr has gotten the recognition he deserves. But his All Starr show at the The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles presents him as a true musician and shows-off his classy spirit. I love the fact that he’s not a stage hog. Having other big-name artist tour with him just made him that much more of a great artist and more than that, he’s humble, too.
The iconic drummer was sure not to be a name dropper. He humoursly, stated that he used to be with “another band.” The All Starr show could not have been more perfect. As Ringo said in a recent interview, "My live shows are a peace-and-love fest. That's my main promotion, really." That’s exactly what the mood was. There was peace and love in the air under the bright stars as everyone seemed to lose themselves in Ringo Starr alone.
Ringo truly brings magic around him. While chatting to the audience, his English voice is deep, melodic and serene. His happiness and peacefulness imbued the stage. The crowd loves him and immediately I, too became a bigger fan.
No, he’s not the greatest vocalist - distinguished, yes! On stage as a singer, he's charismatic while he sways from left to right moving rhymithically to the beat of his songs. But look out when he’s on the drums, he’s commanding on center stage – I couldn’t take my eyes off him!
The year 2008 continues to be a very busy year for Ringo Starr, fresh off launching his new CD Liverpool 8. Mr. Starr toured the US and Canada and wrapped his tour at The Greek Theatre on Saturday, August 2, and I was fortunate to be there.
The 10th All Starr-studded ensemble included returning All Starrs (in alphabetical order): Colin Hay, Billy Squier, Hamish Stuart, Edgar Winter, and first timer Gary Wright and on drums , Gregg Bissonette.
In its 10th incarnation, the All Starrs will continue to inspire audiences of all ages and backgrounds. I saw teen-agers and fans from 20 – 70 years young. No other single stage produces the hits like Ringo's All Starrs, each singularly accomplished in their own right. They are artists who complement Ringo and share his message of peace and love.
It’s almost like bringing seven concerts to one show. Each artist had their own individuality and style that brought back nostalgic memories. The audience felt the same as they screamed, cheered, sang, and danced along to memorable tunes. Each of the All Starrs lend their most popular songs to the set which already boasts Ringo's impressive hit list that includes, " With a Little Help From My Friends", " Yellow Submarine", " Photograph" and " It Don't Come Easy".
Since 1989, Ringo and his All Starr Tours have rocked and sold out venues with great musicians who love to play. The camaraderie of the All Starr Band was so apparent and heartfelt. There was no need for an ostentatious, grand stage because they brought grandeur onto the stage. I was truly honored to be at this concert and look forward to another “peace and love fest.”
I was in another world at The Greek Theatre, Los Angeles’ premiere outdoor theatre. It's nestled in the picturesque tree-enclosed setting of Griffith Park. This award-winning theatre is one of Los Angeles' most historic entertainment venues and has played host to some of the biggest names in entertainment, from pop to classical, reggae to rock. The 75-year-old Greek Theatre offers entertainment to every segment of the population. Recent seasons have featured performances by a wide variety of artists such as The Who, Sting, Alicia Keys, Pearl Jam, Jose Carerras, Marc Anthony, Tina Turner, Elton John, Santana, The White Stripes, The Gipsy Kings, the Russian National Ballet, Paul Simon with a special guest appearance by Sir Paul McCartney, just to name a few.
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Los Angeles, California 90027