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RINGO STARR AND HIS ALL STARR BAND AT RAVINIA FESTIVAL HIGHLAND (2nd show)

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Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band at Ravinia Festival Highland, August 04 2019

 




RINGO STARR CONFIRMS BOX SET REISSUE OF BEATLES “ABBEY ROAD”

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Ringo Starr says 1969’s Abbey Road will be next in the Beatles‘ expanded box-set reissue series. Noting the album’s looming 50th anniversary, Starr says he’s particularly thrilled with sound improvements over the years.

“I’ve loved all the re-releases because of the remastering,” Starr tells Billboard. “You can hear the drums, which got dialed down in the old days.”

The Beatles have already remastered and expanded 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band and 1968’s self-titled “White Album,” adding acoustic versions and alternate takes to give fans a fuller picture of how these now-familiar songs evolved. Starr, who just kicked off his latest All-Starr Band dates, admits that he prefers to focus on the originally released material.

“I get a bit fed up, personally, with all those, like, Take 9 or Take 3, the odd takes that we didn’t put out,” he said, “but that’s part of the box set and you have to do stuff like that. But I’ve always just listened to the record itself, what we put out in the ’60s or 1970, and it’s brighter.”

Starr’s latest All-Starr Band, which also includes Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Colin Hay and Hamish Stuart, played Thursday night at Caesars Windsor in Ontario, Canada. Their dates together continue through a Sept. 1 appearance at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles.

Last night’s set was highlighted by a performance of the Rubber Soul deep cut “What Goes On,” which Starr noted was the only Beatles song credited to John Lennon, Paul McCartney and Starkey. “The names,” he quipped, “should have been the other way around.”

Abbey Road was released in September 1969 in the U.K., and that October in America.

 

RINGO STARR AT RAVINIA FESTIVAL HIGHLAND

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Ringo Starr & his All Star Band at Ravinia Festival Highland August 03 2019

 

RINGO STARR & ALL STARR BAND AT THE COLOSSEUM AT CAESARS WINDSOR CANADA

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Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band at The Colosseum at Caesars Windsor Canada August 01 2019.

SETLIST:

Matchbox
It Don’t Come Easy
What Goes On
Evil Ways
Rosanna
Pick Up the Pieces
Down Under
Boys
Don’t Pass Me By
Yellow Submarine
Cut the Cake
Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen
You’re Sixteen
Anthem
Overkill
Africa
Work to Do
Oye como va
I Wanna Be Your Man
Who Can It Be Now?
Hold the Line
Photograph
Act Naturally
With a Little Help From My Friends

PAUL MCCARTNEY AT DODGER STADIUM LOS ANGELES – PAUL REUNITES WITH RINGO!

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Paul McCartney at Dodge Stadium Los Angeles July 13 2019.

Beatles fans got something Saturday night they hadn’t in 53 years: the sight of Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr playing together on stage at Dodger Stadium. Although McCartney himself is not a stranger to the venue, having last played there just five years ago, two Beatles taking to the outfield together was something that hadn’t happened since August 28, 1966, which turned out to be the Fab Four’s penultimate tour gig ever.

The former bandmates weren’t revisiting material quite that old. The two songs Starr joined McCartney for Saturday both post-dated the Beatles’ time as a touring unit: “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Reprise)” and  “Helter Skelter.”



SIR PETER JACKSON’s BEATLES DOCUMENTARY TO BE ‘MORE EXPRESSIVE’,SAYS RINGO STARR

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Ringo Starr says an upcoming documentary on the band from Kiwi filmmaker Sir Peter Jackson will be “more expressive and more like we were”.

Speaking to SiriusXM about the upcoming documentary, Starr says the original 1970 documentary Let It Be, which ends with the Beatles’ famous rooftop concert in London, misrepresented the band.

“I’m looking with Peter Jackson at all the footage that was never used,” he says. “Prior to us doing that, we’re all hanging out, and it’s a lot of fun, lot of humour, and not like the one that came out.”

Starr says director Michael Lindsay-Hogg used one moment of brief disagreement over who wanted to play live to construct his documentary, when in reality, the band got along much more in real life.

“When Michael Lindsay-Hogg put his film together, which he’s in quite a lot, too, they just stuck to those seconds of an argument,” he says. “But there was a lot of joy, and I think Peter will show that … this one, I think, will be more expressive and more like we were.”

Jackson’s film will be based on around 55 hours of footage of the band working on songs that eventually became the Let It Be album.

Jackson said he was “relieved” to discover the tension displayed in Lindsay-Hogg’s documentary was a “myth”.

“After reviewing all the footage and audio that Michael Lindsay-Hogg shot 18 months before they broke up, it’s simply an amazing historical treasure-trove. Sure, there’s moments of drama – but none of the discord this project has long been associated with.

“Watching John, Paul, George and Ringo work together, creating now-classic songs from scratch, is not only fascinating – it’s funny, uplifting and surprisingly intimate.”

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