Ringo!

Last week my friend Rob and I went to go see Ringo Starr up in Lancaster, PA. Our drive went smoothly, no real traffic, which I was worried about. We got there in time for some thai food for dinner. Yum!

He had his All Star band with him, which included the lead singer of the Romantics, Mr. Mister, Gary Wright (Dream Weaver), Edgar Winter, and Rick Derringer (Hang on Sloopy, Rock and Roll Hoochie Koo).

Everyone sounded awesome – I was really really impressed with the musicianship of course (holy cow, can Rick Derringer play guitar!) and their voices. They all sounded amazing – not a note out of tune. Gary Wright sounded incredible on Dream Weaver. He told a story about how he was friends with George Harrison and how books George gave him on Indian philosophy inspired him to write that song. After he sang, Ringo actually complimented him on it and then jokingly added “And Gary…George Harrison never gave me no damn book!”

Also outstanding was Richard Page from Mr. Mister – his vocals were really awesome.

And did I mention Rick Derringer was amazing on the guitar? He did an extended solo which was just amazing. Edgar Winter totally rocked out on the keyboards – and Wally Palmar sounded great on his Romantics songs – and he was sporting a John Lennon Rickenbacker, which I loved! Gregg Bissonette was the other drummer and he was fantastic as well – when he and Ringo drummed together, they were really in sync. When everyone sang together, the harmonies sounded fantastic, especially on Hang On Sloopy.

I did recognize every song played even if I didn’t know the name of the guy who sang it. In case you’re curious, here’s the set list:

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) / 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 Chance

Ringo was awesome too – I kept saying to Rob, “Look! It’s a Beatle!”

The concert was in a fairly large auditorium, but not enormous – maybe 1000 people, maybe 1500-2000? We were in row S, partly due to me not wanting to shell out $75 bucks for a membership to a theater 2 hours away that I’ll in likelihood never go to again just to be able to get pre-sale tickets. So row S it was. Our seats weren’t bad though. Ringo looks way further away in these pics than he actually was. He was about the size of your finger if you held it out in front of you. Not too shabby!

I liked his set too – really colorful and fun to look at.

I didn’t know what to expect out of this concert, but it was a really pleasant surprise.

Some pics!

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Ringo on the drums!
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A fuzzy closeup!
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Gary Wright doing Dream Weaver:
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Richard Page doing Kyrie:
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Ringo talking:
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Ringo rocking out and playing air guitar:
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He’s behind that sign:
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And he was gone!

It was amazing how many women (and girls) were screaming and shrieking for him! Once a Beatle, always a Beatle, I guess! :-)

Afterwards, Rob wanted to get a closer look at his drum kit, which was quite nice:
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One last iphone photo:
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And, AMT’s pics, which are better than mine!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/american-music-theatre/sets/72157624457020346/

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