Review from Bethel Woods – The Original Woodstock Site

The second stop on the Ringo Starr tour saw the band visiting the Bethel Woods Performing Arts Center, which is situated on the hallowed grounds where the original Woodstock festival took place, in 1969. Gregg Rolie, as you may know, performed at the original Woodstock festival as a founding member of Santana. Upon performing “Evil Ways” with Ringo’s band, Gregg told the audience, “the last time I was here, we played this song with Santana 43 years ago!”. Gregg is the only member of the All Starr Band to have performed at Woodstock. Here’s an excerpt from one of the reviews from the show: “He then took his familiar spot behind the other set of drums and turned the stage over to his All Starr Band. They did NOT disappoint. It was an evening of mega-hits with the other stars taking turns. Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me” followed by Rolie recreating a song he played 43 years earlier on these same hallowed grounds – Santana’s “Evil Ways.” …”

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Here’s a shot of Ringo and the Band standing on the grounds at the site of the original Woodstock festival (the stage for the festival was set up near the road):

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Left to Right: Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Mark Rivera, Ringo Starr, Gregg Bissonette and Richard Page.

 

Reviews of the First Date on the Ringo Starr Tour

An excerpt from the review on the Jam! Showbiz Music Site: “However, it was Santana’s Evil Ways – with an absent Starr who left the stage briefly – that got the evening’s first standing ovation”…

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An excerpt from the Backstage Axxess.com review: “Gregg Rolie’s organ filled in all the spaces, and it was clear that Lukather and Rolie were kindred spirits musically. The interplay between them was a joy to watch, and even better to listen to.”…

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Press Day with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band

Prior to the kickoff of the tour, Ringo, Gregg and the rest of the All Starr band, including Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera and Gregg Bissonette, held a press conference, where they previewed some short excerpts of songs they’ll be playing on their summer tour. Check out the YouTube video (Gregg’s segment is at around 3:30)

Gregg Rolie to Play with Ringo Starr’s All Starr Band!

This June and July, you can catch Gregg Rolie, along with Steve Lukather, Todd Rundgren, Richard Page and of course, Ringo Starr, on the Ringo Starr All Star Band tour. Here are the dates:

June 14, 15 – Fallsview Casino, Niagara Falls, ON
June 16 – Bethelwoods PAC, Bethel, NY
June 17 – Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT
June 19 – Bank of America Pavilion, Boston, MA
June 20 – Sands Ampitheater, Canandaigua, NY
June 22 – Jones Beach Ampitheater, Wantagh, NY
June 23 – Ceasar’s, Atlantic City, NJ
June 26 – Mayo Center, Morristown, NJ
June 27 – State Theater, Easton, PA
June 29 – St Augustine Theater, St. Augustine, FL
June 30 – Hard Rock Arena, Hollywood, FL
July 1 – Ruth Ekerd Hall, Clearwater, FL
July 3 – Tuscaloosa Ampitheater, Tuscaloosa, Al
July 4 – The Wharf, Orange Beach, Al
July 6 – Fox Theater, Atlanta, GA
July 7 – Ryman Auditorium, Nashville, TN
July 8 – Horseshoe Casino, Hammond, IL
July 11 – Usana Ampitheater, Salt Lake, UT
July 13 – Northern Quest, Spokane, WA
July 14 – St Michelle Winery, Seattle, WA
July 15 – Edgefield, Portland, OR
July 17 – Mountain Winery, Saratoga, CA
July 19 – Humphrey’s, San Diego, CA
July 21 – The Greek, Los Angeles, CA

More dates will be announced soon.

Gregg Rolie Duo – Live in Austin, TX – October 28

Gregg Rolie, co-founder of two multi-platinum super groups, Santana and Journey, makes a unique solo appearance on Friday, October 28th at the One World Theater, in Austin, TX. This special performance is in celebration of his new solo EP, “Five Days”. Gregg, along with his special guest, Austin blues guitarist Alan Haynes, will be playing selections from the new EP along with many old favorites. He’ll share stories from his 40-plus year career and answer questions from the audience during the show. After his performance, there will be a meet-and-greet with the audience and Gregg will be available for pictures and autographs.

Tickets: http://www.oneworldtheatre.org/Purchase.aspx?eventId=486126

Gregg Rolie Duo – Live in Dallas – Sept. 30

Gregg Rolie, co-founder of two multi-platinum super groups, Santana and Journey, makes a unique solo appearance on Friday, September 30th at Poor David’s Pub in Dallas. This special performance is in celebration of his new solo EP, “Five Days”. Gregg, along with his special guest, Austin blues guitarist Alan Haynes, will be playing selections from the new EP along with many old favorites. He’ll share stories from his 40-plus year career and answer questions from the audience during the show. After his performance, there will be a meet-and-greet with the audience and Gregg will be available
for pictures and autographs.

New Video Online

Check out our video page to see the PROMO VIDEO of “AN EVENING WITH GREGG ROLIE” featuring Austin blues guitarist Alan Haynes.

The CD that inspired these shows is called “Five Days” and it’s available now at Bitvibe and iTunes, where there is also a ring tone available.