It was the fifth time for Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band to perform at the intimate and acoustically perfect Ruth Eckerd Hall Thursday night in Clearwater. Ringo was pleased to return to the Tampa Bay Area as well as the other band members. Todd Rundgren even made a joke (perhaps in jest) his last show at this venue was his worst. One significant point made by Ringo and his band of superb All-Starrs, this was the last show of their 2014 concert tour. They certainly gave it their all.
Inside Ruth Eckerd Hall was packed all around with only a scattering of some available seats way in the back. It was an overwhelming crowd of baby boomers, many with their smartphones taking some incredible photos, and one even recording at times. Technology is certainly making a concert experience even more memorable.
One point in the show Ringo egged the crowd on about playing in another band a long time ago. Naturally the crowd went crazy knowing full well who that was. Then he said Rory Storm and the Hurricanes. That seemed appropriate since its still hurricane season in Florida, and Tampa Bay is famous for summer storms.
Ringo opened the show with a Carl Perkins cover, followed by one of his best solo hits. Each All-Starr who comprised of Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister) took turns throughout the show performing their hits or newest release alongside Gregg Bissonette (drums), and Warren Ham (vocals, saxophone, percussion).
Besides Ringo taking the stage or playing behind the drum kit during his solos, Steve Lukather got the crowd on their feet for his three numbers. Todd Rundgren did the famous song that’s played every Friday on a popular local oldies radio station during commutes signifying the weekend. When Rolie was featured for his Santana numbers, it was like hearing Lukather channel Carlos Santana on guitar. Mr. Mister’s Page transported the audience back to the ‘80s with his biggest hits, and also treated the crowd to a new song with a country flavor.
Overall the band was tight with the ever impressive session musician Warren Ham who added additional background vocals, saxophone, flute, and percussion for the Santana songs. Ringo closed out with a famous track from a very famous album. He even did some jumping jacks to get the crowd even more frenzied. No matter where you sit inside this extraordinary venue, you’re bound to have an excellent view and hear its impeccable sound.
“Matchbox” (Carl Perkins – Ringo Starr)
“It Don’t Come Easy” (Ringo Starr)
“Wings” (Ringo Starr)
“I Saw the Light” (Todd Rundgren)
“Evil Ways” (Willie Bobo – Gregg Rolie)
“Rosanna” (Toto – Steve Lukather and Warren Ham)
“Kyrie” (Mr. Mister – Richard Page)
“Bang the Drum All Day” (Todd Rundgren)
“Boys” (The Shirelles – Ringo Starr)
“Don’t Pass Me By” (The Beatles – Ringo Starr)
“Yellow Submarine” (The Beatles – Ringo Starr)
“Black Magic Woman / Gypsy Queen” (Santana – Gregg Rolie)
“Honey Don’t” (Carl Perkins – Ringo Starr)
“Anthem” (Ringo Starr)
“You Are Mine” (Richard Page)
“Africa” (Toto – Steve Lukather and Richard Page)
“Oye Como Va” (Tito Puente – Gregg Rolie)
“Love Is the Answer” (Utopia – Todd Rundgren)
“I Wanna Be Your Man” (The Beatles – Ringo Starr)
“Broken Wings” (Mr. Mister – (Richard Page)
“Hold the Line” (Toto – Steve Lukather)
“Photograph” (Ringo Starr)
“Act Naturally” (The Beatles – Ringo Starr)
“With a Little Help from My Friends” (The Beatles – Ringo Starr)
“Give Peace a Chance” (The Plastic Ono Band – The All-Starrs)