The Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band concert that premieres at 10 p.m. ET/7 p.m. PT March 26, 2017, on AXS-TV (check local listings) will make fans very happy. It's almost all Ringo. The hourlong show, taped last June at the Foellinger Theatre in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is an abbreviated All-Starr Band show. Of the only 13 songs in the show, eight are by Ringo.
From the start, the band is loose and relaxed. These guys have been playing together since 2012, and it shows. They know each other well. Ringo kicks off the show with “Matchbox.” The final number, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” where Ringo, as usual, loosens up and does jumping jacks, comes all too quickly.
The other members of the band get to show off as well. Todd Rundgren adds a little of “Hello, It's Me” to his “Bang the Drum All Day.” Toto guitarist Steve Lukather does a great jam with Santana member Gregg Rolie on “Oye Como Va.” Lukather also gets the spotlight on the Toto radio staple “Hold the Line.” And Mr. Mister's Richard Page performs his group's “Kyrie.”
There's a little joking around, too. In introducing “What Goes On,” Starr says, “It's the only song written by Lennon, McCartney and Starkey. I know the names are in the wrong order, but I have to deal with it.” The band also plays a little trick on the audience when Lukather plays the opening riff to “Stairway to Heaven” and Ringo says, “Robert Plant is in the audience.” He then pauses, then says, “And everyone looks.”
But this is a fun show. There aren't any announced plans to release it on DVD yet, but hopefully, it will get out there at some point. It deserves to; it's a rockin' good time.
Set list: “Matchbox,” “It Don't Come Easy,” “What Goes On'” “Kyrie” (Richard Page), “Hello It's Me”/“Bang the Drum All Day”, “Don't Pass Me By,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Oye Como Va.” (Gregg Rolie), “I Wanna Be Your Man”, “Hold the Line” (Steve Lukather), “Photograph”, “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Give Peace a Chance.”