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Guest Post: “Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band: A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed for All”

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band: A Splendid Time Is Guaranteed for All 

by Brody Duggson

Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band are touring the United States this October and November.  

Between Oct. 13 and Oct. 28, Ringo and company will play eight gigs at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.

From there, he’s off to the Lone Star State.  Richard Starkey and his band will be in El Paso on Oct. 30, Austin on Oct. 31, and Sugarland on Nov. 2.

Two days later, the band rocks the Global Events Center at Winstar in Thackerville, Oklahoma.

Ringo will perform back-to-back nights, Nov. 7 and 8, at Parker Playhouse in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida.

His route takes him to Atlanta, Georgia on Nov. 11; Norfolk, Virginia on Nov. 12; and Morristown, New Jersey on Nov. 14.  

The Beacon Theater in New York City hosts his penultimate concert on Nov. 15.  His final date in the U.S. is set for Nov. 15 at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center in Newark.

The All-Star Band is comprised of Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth, ELO), Warren Ham (Kansas, Toto), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), and Todd Rundgren (Utopia, solo career).  They been together since 2012, making this the longest running incarnation of the All-Starr Band, which started in 1989.

There’s a tendency, especially by rock snobs and the pop culture intelligentsia, to dismiss this tour.  To write Ringo and his band off as has-beens and shysters.

That’s a mistake.

I’ve attended to hundreds of concerts and none have been more enjoyable than Ringo Starr and his All-Star Band.  They give fans a spectacular evening of music.

Ringo performs a lot of songs he sang while a member of the Fab Four: “Act Naturally,” “Boys,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Honey Don’t,” “I Wanna Be Your Man,” “Matchbox,” and “Yellow Submarine.”

Of course, he closes each show with “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

Ringo also performs “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph” (both written by him and George Harrison), and “I’m the Greatest” (written by John Lennon).

Does Ringo hit all the notes?  No, but for being 77 years old, he sounds pretty good.  What he lacks in vocal strength he makes up for it with energy.  Despite being close to 80, he’s still got a motor.

Between Ringo’s songs, his bandmates take center stage.  When this happens, don’t rush off to get another beer or visit the restroom.  If you do, you’ll miss something special.

For example, Greg Rolie performs “Black Magic Woman,” Steve Lukather performs “Rosanna,” and Todd Rundgren performs “Love Is the Answer.”

Richard Page’s “Broken Wings” is haunting.  He sounds amazing live.

As you can see, the setlist for Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band is nothing but hits—more than two dozen classic rock songs.

Now, Ringo and his band aren’t redefining the rock concert.  They’re not on the vanguard of live music.

Instead, they’re just having a blast playing good old rock and roll.  You’ll have tons of fun.

If you’re a Beatles fan, or a classic rock fan, you’re going to love Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band.  

If you’re neither, but appreciate great live music, you’ll definitely enjoy yourself.  It will be worth your time and effort.

The only way you won’t have a fun at a Ringo Starr concert is if you lack a pulse.

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Guest Post: “Who Cares about Paul McCartney’s Voice, What About His Guests?”

Who Cares about Paul McCartney’s Voice, What About His Guests?

by Brody Duggson

Paul McCartney has been receiving flack about his singing voice during his current “One on One” tour.  

Some fans, mainly those who spend too much time on the internet, think his advanced age (he’s 75) has diminished his vocal prowess and made him too reliant on his backing band.

A few want Sir Paul to lower the keys of his songs.  The tune that appears to draw the most ire is “Maybe I’m Amazed.”

I think they’re being a little harsh.  Granted, no one has a higher bar than Paul McCartney, but when compared to most of today’s music, there’s no comparison.  An off-key Macca is still better than a current singer on key. And all you need are a pair of Macca tickets to hear for yourself!

There is reason to critique Paul on his current tour, but it’s not his singing.  It’s his choice of guests.

New England Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski, Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon, and Barbadian singer Rihanna have all joined him on stage.  

If you’re going to deride a former Beatle don’t do it over his voice.  Do it for having to share his sound system with Rihanna.  

Yes, I know he recorded “FourFiveSeconds” with Rihanna, performed with her at the 57th Annual Grammy Awards, and she has sold more than 230 million records, but I can’t name one of her songs (besides “FourFiveSeconds”), nor do I ever want to.

And what about Jimmy Fallon?  Jimmy Fallon!  Jimmy Fallon shared a stage with the guy who conceived Sgt. Pepper.

Thankfully Rob Gronkowski just danced to “Helter Skelter.”  Great job on not giving him a tambourine or something like that.  Now, Gronk is a great football player, but he’s the Tom Arnold of sports celebrities.  

Gronkowski being on the same stage as McCartney is like McCartney lining up in the slot during a Patriots game.

What’s next?  Is Macca going to perform “Things We Said Today” with Jared Kushner, “Band on the Run” with Sarah Silverman?

If you want to share the stage with Paul McCartney you should have to meet a certain high artistic standard.  Shouldn’t we, as a society, have stringent safeguards to protect our cultural icons from publicly performing with mediocrity?  I think so.

Let’s hope that during his next round of concert dates, Macca’s guests are of a higher caliber.  

McCartney returns to his “One on One” tour on Sept. 11 with the first of two shows at the Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey.

He travels to New York City for two concerts at Madison Square Garden (Sept. 15 and 17) and two at Barclays Center (Sept. 19 and 21).

He remains in New York State for a show at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse on Sept. 23 and two at NYCB LIVE’s Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Uniondale on Sept. 26 and 27.

On Oct. 1 and 2, Sir Paul concludes the North American leg of his 2017 “One on One” tour with two performances at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, Michigan.

His latest setlist contains some deep cuts, although a deep cup for McCartney is a hit for most artists: “Here Today,” “Temporary Secretary,” and “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty-Five.”

He ends his shows with “Golden Slumbers,” “Carry That Weight,” and “The End.”

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