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RINGO & HIS ALL STARR BAND – PALAU SANT JORDI, BARCELONA

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Ringo and his all starr band at Palau Sant Jordi,  Barcelona.

 

RINGO & HIS ALL STARR BAND IN ISRAEL – 2ND SHOW

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Ringo & His All Starr Band , Menorah Mistachim Arena Tel Aviv Israel, 24 June.



RINGO AND HIS ALL STARR BAND IN ISRAEL

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Ringo & his All Starr Band in Israel, 23 June, 2018.

Ringo played his first ever show in Israel Saturday night, bringing joyful fans to their feet, singing along at the top of their lungs. Accompanied by his All-Starr band, Ringo made his Israel debut at the at the Menorah Mivtahim Arena in Tel Aviv in front of thousands of fans of all ages, the first of a two-night gig in the Holy Land.

The current line up of Ringo’s All-Starr band, which has changed over the years, included Steve Lukather, guitarist of “Toto”, “Santana” singer and keyboardist Gregg Rolie, guitarist Colin Hay of “Men at Work”, “10CC” bass guitarist and vocalist Graham Gouldman, saxophonist and flautist Warren Ham and drummer Gregg Bissonette. The nearly two –hour long set was a flashback of some of the greatest hits produced by the band’s members. Hay led a resounding rendition of “Men at Work’s” hit “Down Under”, which he dedicated to anyone in the audience who is getting married. Rolie got the crowd swaying to “Black Magic Woman” there wasn’t a person in the building who wasn’t singing along to Toto’s “On the Line.”“Now we’re gonna do a number from another band I was in,” Ringo quipped to cheers, as the crowd waited eagerly to hear one the classics that propelled him, along with Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison to fame in the 1960s. Starr launched into the song “Boys”, his first recorded lead vocal as a member of Beatles, at times swaying, and flashing the same boyish grin that lit up his face under a mop of hair at the height of Beatlemania.

More of Ringo’s classics from his Beatles days were peppered into the show throughout the night, each time instantly springing the audience from their seats. Israeli fans have been waiting a long time to see Ringo perform. The Beatles we scheduled to perform in Israel in 1965, but the performance was cancelled after the state deemed that the band’s music would corrupt Israeli youth. Paul became the first of the Fab Four, as the Beatles have also been called, to perform in Israel in 2008.

Ringo was originally slated to play only one night in Tel Aviv, but a second date was added Sunday, June 24th after the first sold out. “This is a once in a lifetime kind of thing,” says Liri, who as drummer, knew he couldn’t miss the chance to see Ringo perform. “My middle name is John, named after John Lennon,” he adds, explaining that his father is a big Beatles fan. “It felt like the right thing to do.” Yoni, a life-long Beatles fan who remembers when the band was at the height of popularity during his youth, reflects on how their music still resonates so strongly today. “It’s simple and it’s touching,” Yoni muses. “The lyrics are wonderful and the words are very simple. They talk about day to day problems that people relate to.”

When he landed Thursday in Tel Aviv, Starr sent a video message of “peace and love” to his fans, inviting them to come out for the shows. The stop in Tel Aviv is part of his global “Give More Love” tour. Some fans expressed disappointment that they didn’t hear more Beatles songs, but still enjoyed to the show.During the show Starr and his All-Starr band hailed the crowd’s energy and expressed their love for Tel Aviv, but made no comment directly relating to politics or the Israel-Palestine conflict. Following Starr’s mantra of peace and love, and perhaps planting the seed of an idea, the band closed the evening with a rendition of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance,” before saying goodnight to the crowd.

 


RINGO IN ISRAEL – HE MAKES HIS ISRAEL DEBUT WITH HIS ALL STARR BAND

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Ringo landed in Israel. It’s his first visit to the country-he’s staying here for three days.

Fifty two years after a proposed concert by The Beatles was shot down by government ministers for “not having cultural worth”, Ringo is finally going to make his debut in the Jewish state, on June 23 and 24 at the Menora Mivtachim Arena in Tel Aviv.
He will become the second – and final – former Beatle to perform in Israel, after Paul McCartney took the honors with a monumental show at Yarkon Park in 2008.
Starr’s 13th iteration of his AllStarr Band, which debuted in 1989, will feature Men at Work’s guitarist/singer Colin Hay, keyboardist Graham Gouldman of 10cc, Toto’s guitarist Steve Lukather and Journey’s bassist Gregg Rolie, a

long with percussionists Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette.

“There’s nothing like hearing Beatles songs sung by a Beatle. The instrumentation is pretty much identical to the record, so it’s kind of like seeing The Beatles,” said Howie Kahn, an American-born Israeli educator, therapist and musician who owns arguably the largest collection of Beatles and solo Beatles memorabilia in Jerusalem.
“For Ringo, that means ‘Yellow Submarine,’ ‘With a Little Help From My Friends,’ and I even liked ‘Act Naturally,’ added Kahn, who saw Starr and the All-Stars three years ago.

Today, Starr is mostly known for carrying the message of unity The Beatles helped forge for a few short years and for flashing the peace sign on demand. His shows have attracted multigenerational fans who beam with every song.
“It’s singing along with Ringo time. It may not be a great concert, but it’s a really happy concert,” said Kahn.
“He’s 77, he doesn’t have to do this, but he enjoys the adoration of the crowd, and it goes back and forth. The show makes people happy.How can you not smile when you hear him sing “Yellow Submarine”?



RINGO & HIS ALL STARR BAND AT WIENER STADTHALLE, VIENNA

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Ringo at Wiener Stadthalle Vienna .

 

 

RINGO AND HIS ALL STARR BAND IN PRAGUE, CZECH REPUBLIC

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Ringo and his All Starr Band in Prague , Czech Republic.