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”?