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The Atlantic City Press
May 15, 2000

   (Ringo) Starr could have retired years ago on his Beatles laurels, but he genuinely enjoyed being in front of an audience. His voice seemed a bit raspy for the first few songs, but got better later in the show. Whether playing the drums or standing in front of the microphone, he was obviously into the music. He engaged in playful banter with the audience, and often encouraged the crowd to sing along.
   The All-Starr band played well together, all clearly having a good time at the gig. The music was loud enough so you knew it was rock 'n' roll, but not so loud as to damage the hearing.
~Elaine Rose

The Poughkeepsie Journal
May 16, 2000

   Star power is an understatement when it comes to Ringo Starr.
   Acting like a man half his age, Ringo Starr danced, clapped, drummed, joked, hopped and bowed to standing ovations Monday night at Poughkeepsie's Mid-Hudson Civic Center.
   Starr, 59, along with his All-Starr Band, performed a medley of songs from the last four decades and showed the capacity crowd of 3,000 what rock 'n' roll is all about
~Rand Otten

May 19, 2000

   Rock Royalty descended on Long Island Tuesday night when Ringo Starr brought his princely presence to Westbury Music Fair. As befits any long-ruling sovereign, Ringo has even spawned an heir, son Zak Starkey, who will tour with The Who this summer.
   The affable drummer worked his dominion with his trademark charm and didn't mind playing the role of court jester at times. Still flashing his dry, wry British wit and keen sense of timing, he quipped about "that other band I was in," his advancing age and the rotating stage ("I just get to know somebody and you've changed"). . . .
   No one could upstage Sir Ringo, of course, who remains as likable and unpretentious as ever. Though he may not an emperor be, it's comforting to know that he still has clothes.
~ Marc Ferris

The New York Post
May 2000 Interview by Dan Aquilante

Post: When you're out of the public's eye, who are you?
Ringo: I'm a musician. Yeah, I'm Ringo, this celebrity guy, but underneath all that I'm a musician. I've done many things -- movies, for instance -- but all the rest has come about because I'm a musician.

The Hartford Courant
May 20, 2000

   The guy who held it together all night - and provided a couple of fiery solo nuggets himself - was Dave Edmunds, the remarkable guitarist who nicely covered styles ranging from George Harrison to Eric Clapton as well as delivering the infectious "I Knew the Bride" and "I Hear You Knockin'." . . .
   Ringo is the reason for the tours, though, and he was in great shape at 59, and sounding the same as ever.
   Starr is the only Beatle on tour this year, and it was a genuine thrill to hear an energetic version of early songs like "I Wanna Be Your Man" or "Boys," the latter of which was even better live than in the original Fab Four version. And the concluding "With a Little Help From My Friends" was what it's all about, of course.
~ Roger Catlin

The New York Post
May 25, 2000

   Ringo delivered a lively greatest hits concert with his All Starr Band, a group of first rate musicians rarely heard these days. ... Ringo isn't a great singer or even a great drummer but he has the rare gift for stagecraft that transcends those pesky details. He was ringmaster who settled the audience with a quick joke, introduced his bandmates and often took the vocal lead. No one dominated center stage but some starrs were brighter than others.
   The finale was "A Little Help From My Friends"...Springsteen beatmaster Max Weinberg sat in at Ringo's drum kit while the ex-Beatle sang the words he lives by.
~ Dan Aquilante

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch
May 31, 2000

Ringo Starr's trademark mop-top hair may now be closely cropped and have more than a touch of gray, but he's still very much a rock and roller. His performance at Riverport Amphitheatre Sunday evening in the company of his All Starr Band - Jack Bruce, Dave Edmunds, Eric Carmen, Simon Kirke and Mark Rivera - featured two solid hours of nonstop classic rock that delighted the enthusiastic crowd.
For the past several years, Starr has used the "All Starr Band" concept to bring together musicians who have all gained recognition with their own hits as solo artists or as members of top bands. In the process, he's created a vehicle that's proven to be more consistently entertaining than the usual nostalgia tours, which throw together three or four bands from earlier decades and send them out on the road in an attempt to resuscitate their hits.
But putting together a tight working band from a variety of different musicians - all used to being in the spotlight - isn't as easy as it sounds. Luckily, Starr isn't the type of musical leader who wants to dominate a band, and the musicians he's put together for this tour clearly appear to enjoy playing each other's songs as well.
~ Terry Perkins




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