Filmfax Article and Interview by Alan Doshna, (excerpt)
After the breakup of the Beatles, “each of the four members would form their own group centered around themselves: John Lennon with The Plastic Ono Band, Paul McCartney with Wings, George Harrison with the Traveling Wilburys (alongside superstars such as Roy Orbison, Tom Petty, and Bob Dylan), and most uniquely, Ringo Starr with his All-Starr Band.”
Al Doshna, published author of the book “Richard Anderson: At Last…A Memoir, from the Golden Years of M-G-M and the Six Million Dollar Man to Now” attended the All-Starr Band’s tour at the Lakeview Amphitheatre in Syracuse New York on June 3, 2016.
FILMFAX MAGAZINE issue #146 contains Doshna’s interview with the “fiftyish-looking and energetic Ringo”. Including lots of wry Ringo insights, the article contains background information on how the band was formed, its current superstar membership, and a song list of numbers performed at the Lakeview concert.
“Held together by the good-naturedly humorous “Starr” of the show, the band serves as a revolving showcase for some of the most popular and successful rock musicians of their time, who perform some of their best-known and loved hits, or, as Ringo himself put it on his 2003 Tour CD. where ‘everybody is a star in their own right.””
The article showcases Ringo’s typically light-hearted comments on how the All-Starr Band’s members are chosen, his acting career, and his life-long love of drumming and playing in bands. There are also a few references to that other famous band Ringo drummed for.
Also included are comments from the current members of the All-Starr Band: Todd Rundgren (Utopia), Gregg Rollie (Santana), Richard Page (Mr. Mister); drummer Gregg Bissonette and saxophonist Warren Ham. From Steve Lukather (Toto)—’”Well, the “on switch” of my life was seeing these guys (the Beatles) on the Ed Sullivan show and the first song that really got inside me was I Saw Her Standing There. I never thought I’d be “standing here” right next to him.’“
This interview proves that Starr’s music is still rollicking along at every gig and that, as Doshna puts it, “It is also probably more true now than it has ever been::
“He got by with a little help from his friends.””