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A Starr Is Reborn

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    Ringo Starr performs in Bryant Park on June 17, 2005, in New York.

    Back in the 1960s, a little-known band named the Beatles enjoyed a brief moment of fame. Comprised of four young men from Liverpool -- a town in England, apparently -- the band was most notable for having influenced the much more memorable rock group the Monkees.

    The Beatles have since faded into obscurity, with few people even remembering them or their music, but that hasn't stopped  member Ringo Starr from making one last attempt at getting famous. The dashing drummer will be stopping by San Diego on Aug. 6 for a show at Humphreys Concerts by the Bay.

    Faithfully backing Starr will be his All Starr Band, currently enjoying its 11th incarnation. This version of the group features Edgar Winter, Gary Wright, Richard Page, Wally Palmar and Rick Derringer, with Gregg Bissonette manning the drum kit whenever Starr switches to vocals. The concert will mark Starr and company's eighth visit to the posh Humphreys venue.

    The San Diego stop is the penultimate date in Starr's summer tour, which found him traipsing all over the US and Canada in support of the new album Y Not. Released in January, the record was Starr's fifteenth 15th studio release and the first he produced by himself.

    Last month, Starr celebrated his 70th birthday, during which he encouraged fans to utter the phrase "peace and love" at noon in his honor. Later that night he also played a small New York venue known as Radio City Music Hall.

    As you can see, Ringo Starr is a class act. We think the kid's going to make it big some day. As for Friday's show -- you have to find an alternative route to buy tickets; the show is sold out.

    Chris Maroulakos is a writer and editor for the San Diego music blog Owl and Bear.