Fresh off the release of a new photo book, “Another Day in the Life,” and new album, “What’s My Name,” legendary drummer Ringo Starr is hitting the road on a tour that includes two nights at the Modell Lyric Theatre.
The former Beatle is joined by his All-Star Band, a lineup that features Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (ex-Santana, ex-Journey), Warren Ham (The Ham Brothers Band), Colin Hay (Men at Work), Gregg Bissonette (also a touring drummer with David Lee Roth) and Hamish Stuart (ex-Average White Band). The band is playing two nights in Baltimore, on June 16 and 17.
Hay wrote the new album’s title track, a regular chant at Ringo Starr shows that now takes the form of a retro-rock anthem. As Starr recently explained in an interview with Rolling Stone, another song on the record is a belated gift from one of his former Beatles bandmates, John Lennon.
Lennon recorded the song in 1980 in Bermuda–months before he was shot and killed in New York City–and can be heard on tape saying, “Oh, that would be great for Richard Starkey” (aka Starr’s birth name). But Starr only found out this year when the producer, Jack Douglas, sent him a CD of the song.
“I well up every time I think [about it]—he’s talking about me,” Starr told the magazine (and rock star Dave Grohl, who was taking part in the conversation). “He says [imitates Lennon], ‘Hey, Ringo, this’d be great for you.'”
There are a number of noteworthy guest appearances on “What’s My Name,” including another former Beatle, Paul McCartney–plus Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter, Dave Stewart and Benmont Tench, just to name a few.
Tickets for the shows go on sale Nov. 7 at 10 a.m.
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