Accompanied by his wife Barbara Bach and Olivia Harrison (widow of George Harrison), as well as members of Starr’s current All-Starr Band, the entourage departed from The Arclight Cinema at the end of the book session, heading immediately down the street to nearby Studio Instrument Rentals (SIR) before re-opening the doors.
By mid-afternoon, approximately 3:00 pm, a long line of folks comprised of the press and invitees began lining up outside the SIR building, patiently waiting for the doors to open, so they could enjoy the priviledge of hearing Starr preview snippets of the material that the band will be performing on their South American tour, in addition to a short Q&A session that Starr and the band would have with select members of the press afterward. The band’s latest lineup includes Todd Rundgren, Mr. Mister’s Richard Page, Toto’s lead guitarist Steve Lukather, Santana’s Gregg Rolie, touring drummer Gregg Bissonette and keyboardist-saxophonist Mark Rivera.
The brief concert featured shortened versions of Starr’s “Boys” and “With a Little Help From My Friends,” Rundgren’s “I Saw the Light,” Toto’s “Rosanna,” Mr. Mister’s “Kyrie” and Santana’s “Oye Como Va.” In regard to the last number, Starr observed, “We decided to include that song in our current tour for our Spanish-speaking audience! I’d love to do ‘A Little Help’ in Spanish. It could be done… but not by me, lol!”
In the Q&A session that followed, Todd Rundgren, who garnered the most applause and overt audience approval of any current band member, noted the camaraderie among band’s members. Said Rundgren, “We hang out together, we eat together, we genuinely like being together.”
In response to Rundgren’s comment, Starr quickly added, “The spirit of this band is very close. They really do eat together…I don’t want this band to break up, because the chemistry is so good.” The current band have been together since 2012 and, not surprisingly, are already planning a tour for 2014.
Questions from the press were selected by a random show of hands. Among Starr’s more amusing questions-and witty responses-was one from a male reporter who asked Starr if he would be willing to join Paul McCartney’s touring band, if Starr were asked to. Said Starr, “Sure! But Paul would have to re-name it ‘Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band’ or forget it!” When another reporter asked Starr why he continues touring, as well as why he tours so often, Starr quickly replied, “I’m here because I’ve got nothing better to do.” Fair enough.
RINGO AND HIS ALL STARR BAND TOUR DATES 2013: Ringo has been having so much fun with this incarnation of the All Starr band, with whom he completed a Spring 2013 tour in the Pacific Rim, including dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan, that he added another leg of 2013 tour dates. Ringo and the band, featuring Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette will head to Latin America for 14 shows, with two dates in the US, at The Palms in Las Vegas just before Thanksgiving:
Oct 29 Sao Paulo, Brazil Credicard Hall
Oct 31 Curitiba, Brazil Teatro Positivo
Nov 2 Punta del Este, Uruguay Conrad Hotel
Nov 4 Buenos Aires, Argentina Opera Theater
Nov 6 Cordoba, Argentina Orfeo
Nov 8 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park
Nov 9 Buenos Aires, Argentina Luna Park
Nov 11 Lima, Peru J ockey Club
Nov 13 Mexico City, Mexico National Auditorium
Nov 14 Mexico City, Mexico National Auditorium
Nov 16 Guadalajara, Mexico Auditorio Telmex
Nov 18 Monterrey, Mexico Auditorio Banamex
Nov 19 Mexico City, Mexico National Auditorium
Nov 22 Las Vegas The Palms
Nov 23 Las Vegas The Palms
LATEST INFO ABOUT RINGO STARR:
In June 2013 The GRAMMY Museum opened “Ringo: Peace & Love,” a record-breaking exhibit which has had over 90,000 visitors already and the first major exhibit to focus on a drummer and first on Ringo. It will remain open through March 2014. June 2013 also saw Ringo release his first eBook, Genesis Publications’ PHOTOGRAPH, featuring never-before-seen images from his personal archives taken by and of Ringo. In October 2013 Genesis unveiled the limited edition hard cover version which has almost twice the amount of yet unseen photographs. The release is accompanied by a series of 12 selected fine art prints which will be available November 22, 2013 through www.Genesis-Publications.com. October 2013 also saw Ringo launch his next All Starr Tour, playing shows in Latin America, concluding with two Stateside, at the Palms in Las Vegas. In September 2013 Ringo was awarded the prestigious French Medal of Honor, being appointed Commander of Arts & Letters in recognition of his musical and artistic contributions. Ringo’s most recent solo release was “Ringo 2012” (Hip-O Records/UMe). In January 2013 UMe released the live DVD “Ringo at the Ryman.” April 20, 2013, in conjunction with Record Store Day, UMe released a Ringo Starr seven-inch vinyl singles collection, featuring “Photograph,” “It Don’t Come Easy” and “(It’s All Down To) Goodnight Vienna.” In October 2013 Bloomingdales unveiled Ringo’s “Shea Drum Kit,” which they will display in their flagship New York Store before moving to Los Angeles in January 2014.
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ABOUT THE LOTUS FOUNDATION:
Ringo Starr and his wife Barbara formed the Lotus Foundation in 1998 in the UK, and 2005 in
the US. Its mission is to fund, support, participate in and promote charitable projects aimed
at advancing social welfare in diverse areas, included but not limited to substance abuse,
cerebral palsy, brain tumors, cancer, battered women and their children, homelessness,
and animals in need. Ringo donates all his proceeds from the sales of this book to the Lotus
Charity, as well as proceeds from many of his other projects.
ABOUT GENESIS PUBLICATIONS:
‘As someone who’s always been interested in having a library themselves, I appreciate fine bookbinding and their whole ethic of what they do.’ – Jimmy Page
Founded in 1974, Genesis Publications is a family-owned independent publishing house true to the arts of printing and bookbinding. Genesis creates signed limited edition books and prints for collectors in over 50 countries. Recent authors include musicians such as Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and David Bowie; visual artists such as Shepard Fairey, Storm Thorgerson and Sir Peter Blake; and contributing writers such as Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg.