Review: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band at the Greek Theatre
Ringo Starr, right, is joined by former Toto guitarist Steve Lukather on Saturday at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles. (Lawrence K. Ho / Los Angeles Times / July 22, 2012)
Saturday was a typically feel-good evening with the most famous, and most charming, drummer in rock history in which Starr, having turned 72 on July 7, appeared as energetic and spry as ever.
Rundgren, being the second-biggest star on the lineup, also served as the show’s second-in-command stage presence, appearing in a tie-and-tails tux that had either been tie-dyed or run through the laundry with a pair of blue jeans that bled on it. Rundgren offered up his bouncy pop hits “I Saw the Light” and “Bang the Drum,” while Rolie brought a Latin rock accent into the mix from behind his Hammond B3 organ keyboard on Santana’s “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman.”
But the spotlight was never long away from Starr, who acknowledged his awareness of his own limitations at anything other than the drums before stepping up to an electronic keyboard to accompany himself in the opening of “Don’t Pass Me By.” He also took a self-effacing jab at his songwriting as he told the audience: “When I wrote those words -- 'You were in a car crash/And you lost your hair,' I thought, 'Watch out, Lennon and McCartney!' "