Rogers – Peace and love was the message Sunday night as Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band brought 60s nostalgia to full flower-power glory at the Arkansas Music Pavilion.
It’s been a tremendous season at the AMP this year with huge shows from Janet Jackson, Slayer, and Weezer just to name a few, but nothing will ever compare to the experience of having a Beatle in our backyard.
Kicking off with the customary “Matchbox,” the Carl Perkins classic that Ringo sang on the Beatles early Long Tall Sally EP, Beatlemania was in full swing as the band launched into “It Don’t Come Easy,” Ringo’s first post-Beatles hit. The country-ish “What Goes On” from 1965’s Rubber Soul was next and set the stage for the first All-Starr member to take the spotlight.
The 2018 edition of the All-Starr Band includes Colin Hay of Men at Work, Toto’s Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey and its most recent addition Graham Gouldman. Gouldman should be no stranger to classic rock lovers. Writing hits for everyone from The Yardbirds (For Your Love, Heart Full Of Soul) to The Hollies (Bus Stop), Gouldman is most well known as a founding member of british art-rockers 10CC. Introducing 10CC’s “Dreadlock Holiday” as a “Worldwide hit everywhere except in America,” Gouldman brought the crowd to their feet with the final line “I don’t like Rogers, I love it.”
Gregg Rolie was next, and the unmistakable sound of those early Santana records hit big with the Rogers audience as the band rocked a faithful rendition of “Evil Ways” with an absolutely devastating lead from Toto’s Steve Lukather. Carlos would be more than proud. Lukather would take the lead on the next song and receive one of the loudest pops of the evening with Roseanna, the 1982 Toto hit that became an instant sing along. Colin Hay followed with a fantastic rendition of Men at Work’s 1980 hit “Down Under” with Warren Ham handling the flute to such a fine degree that one stoned out attendee turned to his friends and proclaimed “He’s no Ian Anderson but he’s pretty fucking good.”
Ringo returned to the forefront proclaiming he was going to play a tune from “the other band he was in” which drew a huge response from the crowd. After referring to his pre-Beatles band, Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, the joke was on everyone except us die-hards. Launching into “Boys,” the deep cut from 1963’s Please, Please Me, the excitement more than pleased fans of early mop-top era Beatles. “Don’t Pass Me By” from 1968’s The Beatles (aka The White Album) was a highlight and all but accented by the smell of what will only be called “Rock ‘n’ Roll Incense.” “Yellow Submarine” was the next Beatles tune and received what was possibly the loudest ovation of the evening and the crowd was more than eager to sing along to every word.
The evenings two biggest highlights were most definitely the one-two punch of 10CC’s etheral “I’m Not In Love” and the long jam on Santana’s “Black Magic Woman.” The latter finding both Rolie and Lukather trading licks back and forth as only these elder statesman of rock are capable of doing. Steve Lukather proved to be the MVP of the evening as Toto’s “Roseanna,” “Africa,” and “Hold The Line” drew massive responses from the crowd. Seriously, who knew this many people were THAT into Toto?
Following big hits from Colin Hay (Overkill, Who Can It Be Now?), Ringo brought it all back home for the grand finale. His 1973 single “Photograph” is still the best song he ever wrote, and it sounded glorious with the full support of the All-Starrs. A playful romp through the Beatles favorite “Act Naturally” led to the inevitable “With a Little Help From My Friends.” With the refrain of John Lennon’s “Give Peace a Chance,” Ringo Starr and his All-Starr band bid farewell to the Arkansas Music Pavilion.
“Good night everybody, everybody everywhere, Good night.”
Photos by Asherlee Marshall
Ringo Starr and the All-Starr Band Setlist
It Don’t Come Easy
What Goes On
Dreadlock Party (Graham Gouldman)
Evil Ways (Greg Rolie)
Roseanna (Steve Lukather)
Down Under (Colin Hay)
Don’t Pass Me By
I’m Not in Love (Graham Gouldman)
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen (Greg Rolie)
Overkill (Colin Hay)
Africa (Steve Lukather)
Oye Como Va (Greg Rolie)
I Wanna Be Your Man
The Things You Do For Love (Graham Gouldman)
Who Can It Be Now? (Colin Hay)
Hold The Line (Steve Lukather)
With a Little Help from My Friends/ Give Peace A Chance