“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:
The last time Ringo Starr performed in Australia was in 1964, as a member of the Beatles, at the height of Beatlemania. Gregg Rolie joins him on his return to Australia, as a member of the Ringo Starr All Starr Band!
Here’s a review of their first show, in Brisbane, Australia!. Click here to read the review.
RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STARR BAND TO TOUR THE PACIFIC RIM IN 2013
TOUR COMES ON HEELS OF 2012’S NORTH AMERICAN SUMMER DATES AND FEATURES THE SAME BAND: STEVE LUKATHER (Toto), GREGG ROLIE (Journey, Santana), RICHARD PAGE (Mr. Mister), TODD RUNDGREN, MARK RIVERA and GREGG BISSONETTE
Ringo Starr announced that he his All Starr Band will tour the Pacific Rim this winter with select dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The band is the same line up which just completed a North American tour this past summer and features Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr.Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey)and Gregg Bissonette.
‘The tour this summer was just GREAT – I love playing with this band and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again,” Ringo said. “I am looking forward to revisiting Japan with the All Starrs and of course New Zealand and Australia. Peace & Love!”
The tour is being produced by Dave Hart and as always fans can expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits. Ringo classic’s such as “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, “Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Wings”, from Starr’s recently released 17th solo record, Ringo 2012 (Hip-O/Ume). All Starr’s hits include “Rosanna,” “Broken Wings,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Black Magic Woman.”