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Zak Richard Starkey was born on 13 September 1965, at Queen Charlotte’s and Chelsea Hospital in Hammersmith, London, the son of The Beatles’ drummer Ringo Starr (Richard Starkey) and Maureen Starkey, Starr’s first wife.He grew up at Sunny Heights at St George’s Hill in Surrey and Tittenhurst Park at Sunninghill, Berkshire and attended Highgate School in London until 1981.

At the age of eight, Starkey was given a drum kit by The Who’s drummer, Keith Moon. Moon (known to young Zak as “Uncle Keith”) was one of his father’s closest friends and Starkey’s godfather. Although they never sat together at a drum kit, Moon discussed drumming with him as a boy. The drum kit was later sold at Sotheby’s for £12,000.

Starkey subsequently began teaching himself to play the drums. His father gave him only one lesson, but discouraged his growing interest because of the desire not to see him in the same business. Although Starr has praised his son’s abilities, he had always regarded him as a future lawyer or doctor. Starr’s close friend, Kenney Jones, drummer for The Faces and Moon’s replacement in The Who, stated that he “virtually taught” the young Starkey to play drums.By the age of twelve, Starkey was performing in pubs as a member of the garage band The Next. After Moon’s death, Jones gifted the teenage Starkey a white drum kit formerly owned by Moon, which had been kept in storage by The Who.

In the early 1980s, Starkey appeared with a re-formed Spencer Davis Group.

On 22 January 1985, he married Sarah Menikides. Their daughter Tatia was born on 6 September 1985. Shortly after his marriage, Starkey recorded a musical version of Wind in the Willows with Eddie Hardin. In 1992 and 1995, Starkey toured with Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band, having previously guested on the band’s 1989 tour. He briefly joined The Semantics, replacing founding drummer Jody Spence, during the recording process for their album Powerbill, which ended up being unreleased except in Japan. He joined the band when they moved from Nashville to Los Angeles, and played in some shows and some recording sessions, but the band broke up less than a year after he joined.

In 1985, he joined his father on Sun City by Artists United Against Apartheid and played on John Entwistle’s solo album The Rock (released in 1996). He replaced Chris Sharrock as the drummer in the Icicle Works in 1989, leaving the band the next year without appearing on any recordings with them. A B-side later issued by founder member Ian McNabb, featured him on drums and is presumed to date from his tenure with the group. Starkey also played on the 1989 album Silver and Gold, a solo work released by Iron Maiden guitarist Adrian Smith.

In 2000, Starkey was a founding member of Johnny Marr & The Healers, although their first album, Boomslang, would not be released for another three years. On 14 April 2001, he featured in both of the backing bands for the “Steve Marriott Tribute Concert”, which also featured Humble Pie, Rick Wills, Rabbit Bundrick, Bobby Tench, Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller.

Starkey performed at Ringo Starr’s 70th birthday party on 7 July 2010 at Radio City Music Hall in New York City. He joined his father and guest stars Yoko Ono, Nils Lofgren, Steven Van Zandt and Jeff Lynne for “With a Little Help from My Friends” and “Give Peace a Chance”.

In 1994, he joined John Entwistle and Roger Daltrey of The Who on a tour entitled “Daltrey Sings Townshend”, which had developed from a two-night performance at Carnegie Hall to celebrate Daltrey’s fiftieth birthday. In 1996, Starkey left his band Face, to work with The Who on their Quadrophenia tour. He received good reviews in this role and was praised by the music press for his strong drumming presence,[citation needed] without trying to emulate the band’s original drummer Keith Moon. Both Townshend and Daltrey stated that Starkey was the best match for the band since the death of Keith Moon.
Starkey with Roger Daltrey of The Who in concert
On 20 October 2001, he performed with The Who at the Concert for New York City at Madison Square Garden. This was heralded as The Who’s “comeback” performance and they stole the show. Rolling Stone called their performance “one of the 50 moments that changed rock and roll”. It was also one of John Entwistle’s final appearances with the band. On 7 February 2010, Starkey appeared with The Who during the half-time show of Super Bowl XLIV at the Sun Life Stadium, Miami, Florida.

During 2004, Starkey joined the Britpop band Oasis and was also featured on two tracks included on The Who’s biographic album, The Who: Then and Now. In May 2005, Noel Gallagher revealed to the BBC that Starkey had participated in the recording sessions for Don’t Believe the Truth. Starkey had recorded all but one track of these sessions which were originally called “Mucky Fingers” and were also for an official promotional video for the album. After the completion of these sessions Starkey stated: “It was amazing. They’re all singers, they’re all guitar players, they’re all songwriters, they’re all producers and they’re all drummers.”

He travelled as a sideman on the year-long Oasis tour that followed and appeared in promotional videos for the associated singles. Despite this, he was not an official member of the band and rarely appeared with them in promotions. In April 2005, Noel Gallagher confirmed that he had been invited to be their official drummer and added that this could not materialize before his current working engagements with The Who were completed in mid-2007. Their former drummer also had to be “paid out” contractually out of the band. On 14 February 2007, Starkey appeared with Oasis when they received the BRIT Award for outstanding contribution to music.

His participation in the making of the Oasis album, Dig Out Your Soul, was confirmed on 11 December 2007, when the official Oasis website published a picture of him with the other band members.However, it was announced that he would not perform on the Dig Out Your Soul Tour after falling out with Noel Gallagher subsequently departing in 2008 and was replaced by Chris Sharrock. A year later he recalled that playing with them was “massive” and called the band “some of the smartest musicians I’ve ever met”.

Starkey was not available to record for most of The Who’s 2006 album Endless Wire, as he had been on the road with Oasis and only had time to play on one track. However, he did join The Who for The Who Tour 2006-2007 in support of the album, during which they headlined at Glastonbury Festival in 2007. The tour finished at the Hartwall Areena in Helsinki, Finland on 9 July 2007. Pete Townshend’s official website stated that Starkey was afterwards invited to become a full member of The Who, stating: “Some of you may have noticed in one of my recent diary postings that I welcomed Zak into The Who as a permanent member. This is something he doesn’t feel he needs or wants. Let’s just say that the door is always open to this amazing musician and whenever we can, we will always try to make it possible for Zak to work with The Who in the future.”On 12 July 2008, Starkey played drums for the Who at the 3rd annual VH1 Rock Honors, which celebrated the band’s long career.

In 2008, Starkey formed the band Penguins Rising which had previously been called Penguin, along with his partner Sharna Liguz. The band’s original line up also included his daughter Tatia.Penguins Rising went on to support Kasabian and Beady Eye on their respective tours.

On 30 March 2010, he played with the band during their performance of Quadrophenia at the Royal Albert Hall in aid of the Teenage Cancer Trust. On 12 August 2012, he played with The Who at the finale of the 2012 Summer Olympics closing ceremony and later that year, on 12 December, he joined them at 12-12-12: The Concert for Sandy Relief. Starkey also joined The Who on their 2012–13 Quadrophenia and More tour, but he had to back out in February 2013 when he developed tendonitis. Scott Devours, the drummer on Roger Daltrey’s Use It or Lose It tour, was called in to take over on drums for the remainder of the tour and therefore appeared on the Quadrophenia Live in London album instead of Starkey.

Starkey did, though, join The Who for their tour of North America. On 28 June 2015, Starkey once again joined the band as they performed as the headline act at the world-famous Glastonbury Festival, and played with them at other shows in 2016 as part of The Who Hits 50! tour, which had started in 2014.

In September 2016, Starkey was interviewed by Rolling Stone about the new covers album he was working on with Sharna Liguz, compiled with songs that had influenced them. They recorded these with the original members from each of the relevant bands. Funding for album’s ten tracks was raised by a crowdfunding campaign through the Pledgemusic site. Under the name SSHH, Starkey and Liguz also recorded other tracks. In October 2016 Starkey performed with The Who at Desert Trip on the grounds of the Indio Polo Club site that hosts the annual Coachella festival in California. On 23 September 2017, Starkey once again joined The Who on stage as they performed as a headline act at the Rock in Rio festival, and he joined them for the 2019 Moving On Tour. He also appeared on select tracks on their comeback album WHO in 2020.


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Zak Starkey has made his mark drumming for British rock mainstays Oasis, the Who and Johnny Marr, but in 2019, he’s focused on reggae, rocksteady and the sounds of Jamaica. He and his partner Sharna “Sshh” Liguz have launched Trojan Jamaica, a new BMG-funded and -distributed record label focusing on Jamaican music.

Zak Starkey grew up listening to Toots & the Maytals, Bob Marley and Burning Spear. “I was first exposed to Funky Kingston, and then to Bob Marley’s Live!, and then Man in the Hills, when I was 12 or 13,” he said. “I was also listening to the Clash and the Pistols because they were both delivering reggae to my door.”

The flashpoint for the label came in 2016, when Starkey and Liguz’s band SSHH premiered a video for their cover of Bob Marley’s “Get Up, Stand Up,” featuring Eddie Vedder. According to a press release, the cover came to the attention of Kingsley Cooper, curator of the Peter Tosh Museum in Kingston, Jamaica. He was so impressed that he invited SSHH to perform “Get Up, Stand Up” at the museum’s opening ceremony alongside members of Tosh’s backing band.

Today, Starkey and Liguz are keeping their reggae fires burning — with a twist. Trojan Jamaica’s first release, titled Red, Gold, Green and Blue and due out summer 2019, features classic blues lyrics set to fresh Jamaican music. “I didn’t want to copy the music,” Starkey says. “I just wanted to take the words.” Trojan Jamaica was announced to the world with “I Put a Spell On You,” a reggae-fied version of the Screamin’ Jay Hawkins classic by Jamaican singer Mykal Rose. “Zak told me that he wanted me to cover the song,” he says. “I’d heard Nina [Simone] sing that song before, but I hadn’t heard anybody else.” Haunting and mellow, its stylistic and regional blend speaks to Trojan Jamaica’s ethos.
Liguz, for her part, aims to curate a borderless, genre-agnostic experience: America and the West Indies in the same stew. “We don’t want to try and put it in any specific box,” she says. “And it ticks all the boxes in any language.
“It’s a subculture that’s always been there. It’s just time to turn up the volume,” she says. “The world seems to be waking up again to the groove of Jamaica on an international scale. The time has come to bring this further to the forefront.”

BMG, who Liguz established a prior distribution deal with via SSHH, was only happy to help bring her and Starkey’s vision to the light. “We are delighted to partner with Zak and Sharna,” said BMG’s CEO Hartwig Masuch in a press release. “This is a wonderful opportunity to reflect the new sounds of reggae’s homeland.”
For now, Trojan Jamaica’s focus is on established artists like Big Youth, Toots & The Maytals, Sly & Robbie and Mykal Rose; it plans to leverage this clout to give a home to Jamaican upstarts. “We’ve got to get a foothold, otherwise we’ve got records that no one will have heard of,” Starkey says. “I would hate to sign an act and hinder them, or not help move them forward.”



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Electro-punk Duo SSHH are excited to bring you their brand-new single “Rising Tide” and official video released through BMG worldwide today. The single comes with 7 additional remixes of the track, featuring re-workings by the likes of legendary UK producer YOUTH, Sondrio, Acaddamy, Secret Space, Jevo Robotic, and SSHH themselves.

Talking about the song and video, the band’s lead singer, lyricist and band namesake Sshh revealed toEarmilk that the song was “born from a fiery argument” while “driving in a heavy rainstorm.” “I remember being furious beyond belief. Not only because we were having a huge fight, but because even though we were acting like assholes to each other, I couldn’t stop thinking how much I loved him. Just like I couldn’t stop the rain from falling, or the stars from shining, I just can’t stop loving this man!” Just like the song, Sshh explains the video reflects the song in its “raw, edgy, punky vibe” Sshh continues. “There is anger in the happiness and a little hate in the love. At the end of the day, passion rules.”
With the demo recorded in Black Dog in Devon and then finished in London, the single was written and recorded by Zak & Sshh and is the first new music since the band’s debut album “Issues” which was released back in November 2016.
A rare breed of band with comparisons ranging from Aphex Twin to The Sex Pistols, the duo of guitaristZak Starkey and vocalist Sshh known as SSHH, were recently described by NME as ‘a pelvis swinging slice of gnarly power-pop rock with vocals so saucy they make ketchup seem like mere water’.
With drumming credentials for the likes of The Who and Oasis, Zak Starkey steps out from the drum kit and slings on his guitar with attitude and skill. He plays the guitar like he plays the drums, with a precise and signature wildness, and with Sshh by his side, the raw singing, harmonica slinging pocket rocket from down under. Stalking across the music with a catlike prowess, Sshh is strong and seductive, with vocals that have been described as a mixture of ‘Bowie, Siouxie Soux, Iggy Pop, Karen O & Robert Plant’.
SSHH have recently been on tour in Australia supporting Liam Gallagher, and are now currently on tour across Australia supporting Primal Scream.



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Zak and his wife have launched the recording of a reggae album in Jamaica. The project started in December of 2017 and is called the Red Gold Green and Blue project. The project is influenced by Blues music and will see some of Jamaica’s greatest reggae artists performing on the album. So far some of the artists who have recorded on the album have been Mykal Rose, Toots Hibbert, Big Youth,  Sly and Robbie,  Tony Chin and Freddie Mcgregor, all stalwarts in the reggae music industry.

The project was recorded at a secret studio in Ocho Rios Jamaica which was set up by Grammy award winning producer Rob Fraboni. The project manager is reknowned USA based entertainment lawyer Cameron Husty.  Several first class engineers were flown in from London Uk with Jamaica’s own Grammy award winning engineer Barry Ohare also adding magic to the project.

Present at several of the recording sessions on this reggae project was Sean Contractor Edwards of the Contractor Music Group who was very positively influenced by the work ethic and passion displayed by Zak Starkey in the studio. Contractor said he noticed that Zak was very humble and also very versatile as on most of the sessions he saw  Zak playing guitar.  Contractor  is the executive producer of the recently released reggae album Tropical House Cruises to Jamaica which debuted at number 2 on the Billboard Reggae album charts and earned a Billboard Hot Shot award.
Zak Starkey left the island of Jamaica with his wife for tour in Australia  and will return to Jamaica to complete the album. Zak was very influenced by reggae music growing up in the Uk.


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Tommy is considered one of the greatest concept albums of all time, but it has taken nearly 50 years for the Who to perform the double album live in its entirety. Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall comes to DVD, Blu-ray, 2 CD and 3 LP packages today. Founding members Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend are joined by Zak Starkey on drums.

Bonues features include Behind the Scenes footage. Relive the magical performance of Tommy Live At The Royal Albert Hall  with this great concert performance.

BLU-RAY..   H E R E .

2 CDS … H E R E .

DVD … H E R E .

3 LPS … H E R E.


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Check out… Zak play “You Really Got Me” (Kinks song) in Argentina.. HERE.