If you haven’t given peace chance, then you have definitely not seen a Ringo Starr show.
Ringo Starr came to Toronto on Tuesday, October 20th, and brought with him His All-Starr Band to play the legendary Massey Hall. According to Ringo, this was his first time playing Massey Hall, and definitely enjoyed the full, cathedral-like sound of the venue. 2015 marks the 26th year that the former-Beatle has toured his band of famous musicians across the globe, and in that time they have not lost a step.
The night was kicked off by a raucous rendition of “Matchbox” by Carl Perkins, and his songs “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Island in the Sun”. All of these songs allowed for Ringo to have his showmanship and frontman ability on display, before he settled on the drums to give his All-Starrs a chance to prove their individual skills. The All-Starr band is comprised of Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana and Journey), Todd Rundgren (Utopia), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Warren Ham (Kansas). With such big names, and bands, in play, the All-Starr’s were able to comprise a number of hits to present a rock-filled night.
The night was full of classic hits, ranging from some of Ringo Starr and Beatle’s hits, to “Rosanna” by Toto, to “Black Magic Woman”/”Gypsy Queen” by Santana, to “Broken Wings” by Mr. Mister, the night had something for everyone.
One of the most impressive things, or maybe the most surprising, was the ability of Ringo Starr to lead and conduct his band in the position of lead singer as opposed to just being drummer. Many would expect the drummer to be a one trick pony, but his pipes, and dance moves, were up for the task of keeping up with the All-Starrs.
Almost fittingly, Mr. ‘Peace and Love’ wrapped up the night by spreading his classic message through the songs “With A Little Help From My Friends”, and, of course, “Give Peace A Chance”. If you were able to catch Ringo Starr at Massey Hall, consider yourself one of the lucky ones. Peace and Love!