So when I heard that Ringo Starr was coming to town (technically Tuscaloosa – about 45 minutes from Birmingham), I knew I couldn’t miss that. My wife and I saw Paul McCartney in the early 90s and I couldn’t let the only other living Beatle come that close without going to see him.
- We were lucky enough to be on the 3rd row.Very cool to get to see everything up so close. My wife told our 2 sons that went – “These are probably the best seats you’ll ever have.” It got me to thinking – very cool that our 9 year old will be able to answer the question “What was the first concert you ever saw?” with “Ringo Starr”.
- Tuscaloosa Amphitheater was very nice. Perfect venue for a show like this. At the beginning of the night, Ringo said “Roll Tide” which I think irritated my younger son a little bit. I paid for our t-shirts at the end of the night with my Auburn credit card to make him feel better.
- Gregg Bissonette was the other drummer. (Ringo was out front for a lot of the show but played drums on a few songs.) It took me a while to place Bissonette until I remembered that he was the drummer for David Lee Roth’s band in the mid-80’s (with Steve Vai and Billy Sheehan). Made me feel old to realize that I saw them over 25 years ago. Then it occurred to me that I was younger than any of the guys on stage. (Ringo turned 72 a couple of days after this concert. He gets around pretty good for his age.) Random fact from Wikipedia – Gregg Bissonette is now the voice of Winnie the Pooh.
- Todd Rundgren was the best front man of the group. I liked “I Saw the Light” but was surprised they didn’t play “Hello, It’s Me”.
- Steve Lukather can still play. Not only was he great on the Toto stuff but pulled off all the Santana stuff easily.
All in all – it wasn’t the greatest concert I’ve ever seen, but it was a lot of fun and I got to cross off another bucket list item. Go see them if you get a chance.