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RINGO STARR & HIS ALL-STARR BAND
Hampton Court Palace, 17 June 2011
grand and legendary setting to witness a musical legend in Ringo Starr.
Shame the weather didn't hold out, although despite the rain people were
still determined to enjoy their picnics albeit under trees. As if by
magic, though, the rain stopped as soon as Ringo and his band took to the
stage at 9pm.
All Starr band is as impressive as previous incarnations with guitarists
Wally Palmar (The Romantics) and Rick Derringer, Edgar Winter on
keyboards/saxophone, Gary Wright (Spooky Tooth) on keyboards, Richard
Page (Mr Mister) on bass and drummer Gregg Bissonette (Dave Lee Roth/ELO).
All took their turn on lead vocals, bar Gregg Bissonette who kept the
beat going throughout the show.
The setlist is a mix of Ringo's solo output and songs with 'that other
band' as he kept calling the Beatles plus two songs each from the band
To be fair
Ringo doesn't have the greatest of voices but his enthusiasm and
passion, especially when he sang the autobiographical 'The Other Side Of
Liverpool' carries the songs along nicely. Highlights from the Ringo
fronted songs included 'Yellow Submarine' (the song that really got the
audience on its feet), 'The Other Side Of Liverpool' and the Carl
Perkins tune by way of the Beatles, 'Honey Don't'.
more at ease behind his drums as he lacked the natural ease displayed by
Edgar Winter and Rick Derringer when connecting with the crowd. I did
like his comment that he was the greatest and the crowd were the best
(later he said Richard Page was great but he was still the greatest!).
He has that sharp Scouse sense of humour that works so well.
his band, who are all consummate musicians in their own right and have
sold a fair few albums each through the years, it was Edgar Winter who
stole the show for me.
He was the
one to get the crowd going early on with his hit 'Free Ride' and later
on with a prog/jazz rock overload on 'Frankenstein'. On this song he
started on a portable keyboard, switched to sax, then a small drum kit
and back to keyboards. A real showman and great fun to watch.
Derringer again had bags of enthusiasm and 'Hang On Sloopy' went down
well early on in the set. His other song, 'Rock N Roll Hoochie Koo' had
a lady near to us covering her ears, as he did a fast guitar solo
including a snippet of Van Halen's 'Eruption'. Lady, if its too loud
you're too old :)
Wally Palmer, of the Romantics, was not someone whose music I was overly
familiar with and he did fall into the Spinal Tap trap of 'Hello London,
England' before quickly chaning it to 'Hello, Hampton Court'. 'Talking
In Your Sleep' was an enjoyable song but not so taken by 'What I Like
was quietly playing his keyboards and singing backing vocals for most of
the set, almost to the point you forgot he was there but he came alive
when he did his two songs.
'Dreamweaver' was simply breathtaking, from the deftly played keys
through his vocal, still spot on. 'Love Is Alive' was good but was never
going to match 'Dreamweaver'.
one singer I was really keen to see, Richard Page of Mr Mister fame. To
hear that band's biggest two biggest hits - 'Kyrie' and 'Broken Wings' -
played live made this melodic rock fan very happy indeed. The crowd
reaction was amongst the best for the non-Ringo songs as well.
The set closed as you'd expect - 'With A Little Help From My Friends'. I
was hoping Joe Cocker may have quickly popped on stage as his version is
for me the definitive one. Still it was a rousing end to a great night
and Ringo and the band signed off with John Lennon's 'Give Peace A
As a way to
keep these great songs alive on stage Ringo Starr and his All-Starr's do
this well. The set was just under two hours long but it flew by. I would
highly recommend seeing this current version of his band, especially for
fans of Mr Mister who are unlikely to hear these songs performed live
It Don't Come Easy/ Honey Don't/ Choose Love/ Hang On Sloopy (Rick
Derringer) / Free Ride (Edgar Winter)/ Talking In Your Sleep (Wally
Palmar)/ I Wanna Be Your Man/ Dream Weaver (Gary Wright)/ Kyrie (Richard
Page)/ The Other Side of Liverpool/ Yellow Submarine/ Frankenstein
(Edgar Winter)/ Peace Dream/ Back Off Boogaloo/ What I Like About You
(Wally Palmar)/ Rock N Roll Hoochie Koo (Rick Derringer)/ Boys/ Love Is
Alive (Gary Wright)/ Broken Wings (Richard Page)/ Photograph/
Act Naturally/ With A Little Help From My Friends into Give Peace a