|A Few Words From The Critics
About Ringo and the All-Starr Band
"Starr, sporting a squirrel-like pony tail and silver shoes, was a most charming host; he refused to take anything seriously-- even himself. He stood out front and crooned both his own solo hits and his old vocal spots with the Beatles. He climbed atop the riser along side his son Zak. . . . The emotional high point of the night, though, was "Boys," a hit Shirelles and then The Beatles; pounding his drums and barking out the words. Starr got the whole oldies review rocking with conviction. -- Geoffrey Homes, The Washington Post (July 19, 1995)
"Ringo Starr has hit the road with the third edition of his All-Starr Band, always an interesting story considering his knack for recruiting hitmakers from ;the 60's and 70's. And this year's edition, with former members of The Who, Grand Funk Railroad, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, and The Rascals is no exception." -- Gary Graff of The Philadelphia Inquirer (July 16, 1995)
"Because this is the lad's third national tour in six years, being at Starplex was less taking advantage of a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity than a friendly visit with an old pal who has moved away but visits occasionally. . . . The essence of musical performance is to please the people who've paid to listen, and the Starplex faithful obviously loved what they heard. If Starr wanted to attempt fraud, he'd surround himself with hungry young unknowns and churn out songs nobody ever heard before. Instead, he has honorably accepted his place in rock history and put together shows that reflect his era. Besides, the old guys can still kick a little rock butt. . . . Ringo himself was in fine fettle. Bouncing around stage, decked out in floral vest and ever-present shades, the ringed one looked thin and great. It was a special treat to watch him bash away on drums alongside son Zak, who sweated and pounded to keep up wth a beat his graying Pop maintained with ease." -- Jeff Guinn, The Fort Worth Star Telegram (Aug. 14, 1995)
"...Last night's All Starr performance was as close to a real live Magical Mystery Tour as local Beatle maniacs are likely to get. Ringo's still as affable as ever, and he is still getting by with a little help from his friends. Seldom mistaken for the Beatles' strongest vocalist, Starr often let the notes fall where they may, relying instead on his classic charm to carry the day. Even now, all he's got to do is act naturally." -- Ed Masley, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Aug. 2, 1995)
"Three decades after he first shook his moptop behind a cymbal and flashed that lopsided grin at the world, Ringo Starr has all but legally incorporated the word "lovable" into his name. Few figures in rock have made so many people smile, and not through any excessive expense of effort: His clowning days are long over. No, Ringo's secret is his amused who-me? acceptance of fame and fortune. If there's an arrogant, imperious side to this man - trim, bouncy and ponytailed at 55 - it was nowhere evident at Radio City Thursday, as Ringo led a company of old-timers (average age: 49) through a casually entertaining show that made no pretense to anything but nostalgic fun." - Ira Robbins, Newsday (July 15, 1995)
"Having caught a couple different versions of Starr's All-Starr lineups, it came as no surprise that the 1995 edition is a top-notch affair. After all, what sane musician would turn down a phone call from a former Beatle for a summer job?" -- David Surkamp, The St. Louis Post Dispatch (July 3, 1995)
"Ringo still drives the girls wild. Except now he only makes them feel young. They screamed and holler and rush the stage. This time, a few came within inches of smooching the grandfather Beatle. Ringo and his All Starr Band are like a late-night TV commercial for K-Tel Records. You get all the hits from the '60s and '70s, done by the original singers. . . . Ringo may not hit all the notes, but he never did. He may forget a few lyrics here and there. But that's just Ringo. Friday night he made the audience feel good about themselves. Like the Beatles did three decades ago." -- Ken Hoffman, The Houston Chronicle (Aug. 14, 1995)
"Until this week, it had been more than 20 years since Ravinia held a bona fide rock concert, but the North Shore festival site pioneered the notion of outdoor summer rock concerts long before venues such as Poplar Creek and the World Music Theatre were even conceived. How fitting that an assemblage of rock artists from the late '60s and early '70s would return rock to Ravinia, and that the revival would be hosted by the man who kept a steady beat for the band from Liverpool that forever changed the landscape of popular music." -- Dennis Polkow, The Chicago Tribune(July 7, 1995)
"It was another rollicking, celebratory, zesty outing for Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at the Greek Theatre -- just like in 1989 and 1992. The ebullient drummer, now 55, continues to revel in his role as host of a recurring party of not-so-obsolete rock stars who do more than merely regrind their old hits. The show's strength comes mostly from Ringo's supporting cast, who come with their own stock of hits and their own brand of group chemistry." -- By Richard S, Ginell, Reuter/Variety, Aug. 18, 1995.
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