WORDS BY DAVID TAYLOR AND PHOTOS BY ROBERT A CHADWICK | Go Venue Magazine
It’s not everyday that you get a chance to see someone who helped shaped popular music to what it is today. The Beatles’ music is instantly recognizable and drummer Ringo Starr helped shaped that backbeat and rhythm of their sound. Luckily, Ringo Starr has been actively touring with his All-Starr Band for thirty years, which made a tour stop at Stir Cove in Council Bluffs, Iowa, playing his Beatles tunes, solo material, and material from his fellow All-Starr bandmates. It was a night of timeless music that all generations enjoy.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band kicked off their set with a cover of Carl Perkins’s “Matchbox”, a tune the Beatles would play back in their early years. With every All-Starr Band, there are famous musicians backing Ringo Starr. This line-up included Gregg Rolie of Santana, Hamish Stuart of Average White Band, Steve Lukather of Toto, and Colin Hay. Each backing member got to showcase their musicianship on three songs of their own material with Ringo, such as “Black Magic Woman”, “Africa”, “Pick Up the Pieces”, and “Down Under”. So, yes, there was definitely something for everyone to enjoy. But, seeing Ringo just straight up play drums was such a sight to see, as he was truly in his element. They ended with Ringo’s signature tune from the Beatles, “With a Little Help From My Friends”. For being 79 years old, Ringo Starr still loves to spread peace, love, and music to crowds around the world and he did that with the Stir Cove crowd.