LIVE: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band got by with a little help from their friends at Humphreys By the Bay on July 1.

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Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band made their annual return trip to Humphreys By the Bay on Friday, July 1.
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As far as venues go, Humphreys is hard to beat – with its scenic shoreline edge and crisp ocean breeze.
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It’s always great to have the lovable Ringo Starr back in action in San Diego.
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Born Richard Starkey, he adopted the “Ringo Starr” moniker when playing in one of his first bands, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes in 1959.
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He adopted the stage name because of the rings he wore, and also because it implied a country and western influence. His drum solos were billed as “Starr Time.”
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Rory Storm and the Hurricanes actually received a great amount of success, and were offered a highly coveted residency in Hamburg, Germany.
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Turns out, that residency is when Starr first met the Beatles – who opened for the Hurricanes at Bruno Koschmider’s Kaiserkeller on Oct. 1, 1960.
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Storms’ Hurricanes were given top billing over the Beatles, who also received less pay.
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After becoming friends with the other Beatles – John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison – their sit-in Hamburg guitarist Tony Sheridan asked him to leave the Hurricanes and join the band.
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Starr quit Rory Storm in January of 1962, and Lennon officially asked him to join the Beatles on Aug. 14.
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Throughout the following years, Starr would usually sing one song on each Beatles album.
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Those songs include some of their greatest hits: “With a Little Help From My Friends,” “Yellow Submarine,” “Octopus’s Garden,” and “Don’t Pass Me By.”
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After the band’s 1970 breakup, Ringo embarked on a highly successful solo career.
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His solo hits include “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen” and “Back Off Boogaloo.”
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Since 1989, he’s toured with 12 variations of the Ringo Starr All-Starr Band.
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They typically involve a revolving cast of famous musicians in their own right -- hence the "All-Starr Band" tag.
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Band members over the years have included Joe Walsh, Dr. John, Levon Helm, Harry Nilsson, Jack Bruce, Sheila E., Colin Hay, Richard Marx, and Todd Rundgren.
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The band’s current lineup includes Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Rundgren (pictured), Richard Page, Gregg Bissonette, Mark Rivera, and Warren Ham.
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The band tore through 25 hits during their July 1 San Diego show, starting with the Carl Perkins cover, “Matchbox,” followed by “It Don’t Come Easy,” and “What Goes On.”
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“I Saw the Light” (a Rundgren song), “Evil Ways” (by Santana), “Rosanna” (a Toto cover) and “Kyrie” (a Mr. Mister cover) were up next.
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Following songs included: “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Yellow Submarine,” “You’re Sixteen,” “I’m the Greatest,” “Photograph,” and “I Wanna Be Your Man.”
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Fittingly, the Ringo and his band closed out the evening with the smash “With a Little Help From My Friends” -- and Plastic Ono Band’s “Give Peace a Chance.”
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