Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band brought their summer tour to Virginia Credit Union Live! in Richmond, Virginia, as part of the first leg of a tour that takes them across the east coast of the U.S. and Canada.
Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band
Virginia Credit Union Live! – Richmond VA – 21 September 2022
Words and Photography: Mick Sprouse
The All-Starr band leisurely strolled onstage, followed by Starr, who jogged on in sneakers to begin the show with the Carl Perkins classic, Matchbox. They followed with It Don’t Come Easy, the first big solo hit he had after The Beatles breakup in 1970.
What Goes On then followed, with Ringo proudly saying this was the only Beatles song he shared songwriting credit with John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Edgar Winter then took the front stage to introduce his hit Free Ride, originally written and sung back in ’72 by Dan Hartman (of I Can Dream About You fame). This is the second stint for Winter as a member of The All-Starr band.
At one point during the 24-song set, Ringo paused his stage banter to tell a fan who walked across the front row while filming the stage, “We’ll wait!” It was amusing to see Ringo hasn’t lost his sense of humour.
With spinning stars and peace signs on a background of flowers, Guitarist Steve Lukather, a ten-year All-Starr Band veteran and a founding member of Toto, got everyone dancing and singing along with Rosanna.
Hamish Stuart, a former member of Scotland’s Average White Band, has worked with both Starr and McCartney. The bass player introduced the instrumental Pick Up The Pieces. Stuart also performed Cut The Cake and then the funky R’n’B of Work To Do, an Isley Brothers cover that AWB often used to open their shows back in their heyday.
Colin Hay, leader of Men At Work, and a Scotsman like Hamish, sang Down Under and Who Can It Be Now? both of which topped the U.S. charts in 1981. Colin and the band also covered Overkill from Men At Work’s second album, Cargo.
Ringo then sang one of his personal favourites, Boys, a Shirelles cover, and I’m The Greatest, a song by John Lennon. Ringo had fans young and old on their feet with the widely beloved Yellow Submarine, and everyone in the audience sang along.
Ringo took a break as Edgar Winter resurrected his monstrous instrumental Frankenstein, playing multiple instruments throughout the song, including the saxophone, a trio of snare drums and the key-tar, an instrument he created (basically a keyboard with a guitar strap to carry it around). Drummer Greg Bissonette’s solo during the song incorporated various parts of The Beatles’ Come Together, Led Zeppelin’s Rock And Roll, as well as The Rolling Stones’ Honky Tonk Women. Bissonette was at one time the drummer for David Lee Roth’s band.
Ringo came back on stage, and the band ripped into Johnny B. Goode, with Edgar singing the 1958 Chuck Berry hit.
The playful interaction between Ringo and Greg Bissonette while performing the huge radio hits Africa and Hold The Line, Toto’s first hit, was fun to watch.
Some of the solo set consisted of Ringo singing Octopus’ Garden, Back Off Boogaloo, I Wanna Be Your Man, Photograph and a cover of Buck Owen’s Act Naturally.
Of course, no Ringo concert would be complete without With A Little Help From My Friends, and he and the band definitely didn’t disappoint with their lovely rendition to close out a wonderful night.
Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band (2022)
Colin Hay (Men at Work – guitar, vocals)
Hamish Stuart (Average White Band – bass, vocals, guitar)
Steve Lukather (Toto – guitar, vocals)
Edgar Winter (Edgar Winter Group – keyboards, vocals, sax, drums, key-tar)
Greg Bissonette (David Lee Roth band – drums, backing vocals)
Warren Ham (percussion, sax, backing vocals, flute)