Ringo Starr touches down in Vancouver


If you’ve been near a TV, newspaper or the Internet lately then you know that the two remaining Beatles, Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney, recently played together on the Grammys.

Following that historic appearance, Ringo Starr has announced a North American tour. The tour brings him to Vancouver with his All-Starr Band.

This is the same band that played with Starr on the Grammys and toured with him in 2012. The group includes such luminaries as Toto guitarist Steve Lukather and musician/songwriter/producer Todd Rundgren. Will this mean Toto and Rundgren compositions will make it onto the setlist?

Yes indeed. Looking at some “typical setlists” for the band on Wikipedia for 2012-2013, it appears Rundgren compositions “I Saw the Light” and “Hello It’s Me” made the cut, as did Toto’s “Rosanna” and “Africa.” Of course, Ringo’s own ouevre will be well-represented, likely with “Photograph” (which he performed on the Grammys) as well as Beatles chestnuts like “Yellow Submarine” and “With a Little Help from My Friends.”

The tour kicks off June 6 in Ontario. The Hard Rock Casino Vancouver date is towards the end of the tour, on July 15.

So far, 2014 has been a good year for the former Beatle. Earlier this month, the David Lynch Foundation honoured the septuagenarian with a Lifetime of Peace & Love Award. The event included a tribute of acts performing songs from Starr’s catalogue. He and McCartney also reunited for the taping of CBS’ upcoming special, The Night That Changed America: A Grammy Salute to the Beatles, which celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.

Tickets for Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band at the Hard Rock Casino Vancouver (2080 United Boulevard, Coquitlam) go on sale on Thursday, Feb. 6 at 10 a.m. They range from $149.50 – $164.50 (plus service charges). For more information and to purchase tickets, go to HardRockCasinoVancouver.com.

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