Ringo Starr returning to Prague

The former Beatles drummer is coming with a new version of the All Starr Band

Former Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will be coming to Prague’s Congress Center on June 19, 2018, with his All Starr Band.

The band is supporting Starr’s 19th studio album, Give More Love. Paul McCartney, the only other surviving Beatle, appears on two album tracks but is not part of the tour.

The 13th edition of the All Starr Band will play 21 dates through Europe and Israel in June and July. The last time the All Starr Band toured Europe, including a date in Prague, was 2011. Ringo Starr is the only constant member since the band began in 1989.

“Ringo welcomes Colin Hay back to the group and as well as new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc (I’m Not In Love, Things We Do For Love, Dreadlock Holiday, Wall Street Shuffle). Hay and Gouldman join existing All Starrs Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette,” a press release states.

The band is composed of musicians with significant rock resumes. Colin Hay was a member of Men at Work. Steve Lukather was in Toto. Gregg Rolie was in Santana, Journey and Abraxas Pool. Warren Ham toured with Kansas, Toto, Donna Summer and Olivia Newton-John. Gregg Bissonette was in David Lee Roth band, among others.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band recently finished a tour that started with a Las Vegas residency and ended with dates in New York and New Jersey.

The concerts usually feature a large number of songs from Starr’s solo work, as well as hits from the Beatles that he did vocals on such as “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help From My Friends.” Members of his band also get a chance to do songs that they helped make famous. As the All Starr lineup keeps changing, so does the live setlist.

Recently the band has been playing Toto’s “Rosanna” and “Africa,” as well as Santana’s “Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen” and “Oye como va.”

Hits from Ringo’s solo work that can be expected include “Photograph,” “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Back Off Boogaloo,” though he might opt for songs he hasn’t played in Prague before instead.

Ringo Starr shot to fame as the replacement drummer in the Beatles, taking over from Pete Best in 1962. Unlike the other members of the band, Ringo seldom wrote the songs he sang. “Don't Pass Me By” and “Octopus’s Garden” are the only two he was credited with.

In the post-Beatles era, Ringo worked on some his former bandmate’s solo albums and also had them appear on many of his. He also played at George Harrison’s Concert for Bangladesh in 1971, and several of his solo albums including All Thing Must Pass. He also appeared on John Lennon's album John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band.

He played drums on "All Those Years Ago," a George Harrison song that also featured Paul McCartney on backing vocals. The 1981 song was a tribute to John Lennon, who was killed in 1980.

The 1976 album Ringo's Rotogravure was the last album to feature contributions by all four Beatles before Lennon’s death. McCartney and Lennon contributed songs and performed, while Harrison contributed a song.

In 2015, more than two decades after he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle, he became the last Beatle to be inducted for his solo career.

Among his other honors, the asteroid 4150 Starr was named after him.

For more information visit www.facebook.com/events or www.ringostarr.com

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