Ringo Starr and the All-Star Band 2012

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.

AL.com wrote up the story here and here’s video from that night that someone put on YouTube.

  • 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.