(The following are excerpts from reviews,
interviews and commentaries.)
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.
The Poughkeepsie Journal
May 16, 2000
Star power is an understatement when it comes to Ringo
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
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
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.