Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band – Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bissonette and Warren Ham – announced new tour dates beginning on February 13 in Louisiana and then onto Texas, Birmingham, South Carolina, and Orlando before traveling throughout Latin America with shows in Puerto Rico, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Chile, Mexico and more. The tour continues through March ending with 3 shows in California in Santa Ynez, San Francisco and San Diego and a show in Las Vegas.
This incarnation of the All Starr band is the same line up he has played with since 2012, and the addition of these new dates comes as no surprise to anyone who has heard Ringo talk about this band, with whom he loves performing. “We have so much fun playing together , we don’t want it to end!” Ringo also loved touring in Latin America and said “the audiences were just great and so loving, we can’t wait to go back”.
“The reunion of the original Santana band can’t come quickly enough. Gregg Rolie led the band through “Evil Ways,” “Black Magic Woman” and “Oye Como Va,” maybe the most powerful (non-Beatles or Ringo) songs of the evening. His voice hasn’t aged at all, and while it was a blast to hear Lukather and Rundgren sink their teeth into the guitar parts, the idea of watching Rolie playing those songs with Carlos Santana and Neal Schon is tantalizing.”
Here’s the latest interview that’s out, done while Gregg was with Ringo Starr – discussing his early years, playing with Ringo and the upcoming Santana Reunion!
Here’s an excerpt from the review…
“What if Jimmy Reed wrote ‘Evil Ways’ instead of Willie Bobo?,” he wondered.
He and the band answered that rhetorical question by running through a slinky version of the tune, with six-string master Haynes taking welcome liberties with his guitar.
“You can tell this is a serious gig,” Rolie quipped at one point…
An excerpt from the review of the show in Perth, Australia: With a razor sharp band – Steve Lukather of Toto and Todd Rundgren (Utopia and solo artist) on duelling lead guitars, Greg Rolie of Santana and Journey on keyboards, Richard Page of Mr Mister fame on bass…
Gregg appeared with Ringo in Sydney Australia. There are about 50 photos from the show in this photo gallery. Here’s one of them: