PICS: Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band at Harrah’s Resort SoCal

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band got by with a little help from their friends at Harrah's Resort SoCal recently.

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It’s always great to have the affable Fab Four drummer back in San Diego -- and, as expected, his March 21 show was phenomenal.
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Since 1989, Ringo's toured with 14 different variations of his All-Starr Band, where "everybody on stage is a star in their own right."
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The band’s current lineup (aside from Starr, pictured) includes Colin Hay (Men at Work), Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana/Journey), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Gregg Bissonette, and Warren Ham (Kansas).
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The band tore through 24 hits which ranged from hits by the All-Starr Band's individual members' bands to the Beatles covers and Starr's own solo hits. (Lukather, Ham, and Starr pictured left to right)
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The show started off with Carl Perkins' "Matchbox," followed by "It Don't Come Easy," "What Goes On," "Evil Ways" (a Willie Bobo cover), "Rosanna" (Toto cover), "Pick Up the Pieces" (by the Average White Band), "Down Under" (a Men At Work cover)...
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Along with "Boys" (by the Shirelles), "Don't Pass Me By," "Yellow Submarine," "Cut the Cake" (also by Average White Band), "Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen," "You're Sixteen" (Johnny Burnette cover), "Anthem," "Overkill" (Men at Work cover), "Africa" (Toto cover), "Work to Do" (the Isley Brothers cover)... (Lukather pictured foreground)
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And "Oye Como Va" (Tito Puente cover), "I Wanna Be Your Man," "Who Can it Be Now?" (Men at Work cover), "Hold the Line" (by Toto), "Photograph," "Act Naturally" (by Buck Owens) and "With a Little Help From My Friends" (with a chorus from Plastic Ono Band's "Give Peace a Chance" at the end).
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A little history on Starr: Born Richard Starkey, he adopted the “Ringo Starr” moniker when playing in one of his first bands, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes in 1959. (Rolie pictured)
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Fun fact: 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.” 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. Storms’ Hurricanes were given top billing over the Beatles, who also received less pay. 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. (Hay pictured, foreground)
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Starr quit Rory Storm in January of 1962, and Lennon officially asked him to join the Beatles on Aug. 14. Throughout the following years, Starr would usually sing one song on each Beatles album. (Stuart pictured)
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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.” After the band’s 1970 breakup, Ringo embarked on a highly successful solo career. (Bissonette pictured on drums, Hay pictured right)
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'Twas a wonderful show -- come back soon, Ringo! Peace and love!
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