Ex-Bea­tles drum­mer plays at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT - BY HILLEL ITALIE

It’s the sea­son for Bea­tles in New York City.

Within a week of Paul McCart­ney play­ing a surprise show at Grand Cen­tral Sta­tion, Ringo Starr fol­lowed a more old-fash­ioned path Thurs­day night. The drum­mer and singer head­lined a two-hour show at Ra­dio City Mu­sic Hall, with thou­sands spend­ing much of the per­for­mance stand­ing and cheer­ing along.

“We love you, Ringo!” one fan called out, and Starr shouted greet­ings in kind.

It was not a time for lament­ing the state of the world. The beloved ex-Bea­tle wore black, but bright stars hung above the stage and peace signs beamed from be­hind. Starr’s mes­sage for years has been peace and love and a happy look back, whether through such Bea­tles and solo favourites as “Yel­low Sub­ma­rine” and “Pho­to­graph” or through the songs of his cur­rent set of side­men. Since the 1980s, he has toured and served as mas­ter of cer­e­monies with a ro­tat­ing cast of rock stars of a cer­tain age, what he calls his “All Starr Band.” On Thurs­day, he shared a gen­er­ous amount of stage time with Colin Hay of Men At Work, Gregg Rolie of San­tana, Steve Lukather of Toto and Gra­ham Gould­man of 10cc.

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