FallsView Casino & Resort
Wednesday June 23rd
While the City of Toronto prepared for a gathering of World
Leaders at the G20 Summit this past weekend; one has to wonder if
it’s Coincidence or Fate that just an hour down the QEW in
Niagara Falls, Ontario one of the World’s most recognizable
advocates of Peace
was hosting his own
the incomparable Mr.
would be holding court sharing his sharp wit
& spry smile with the Media Masses; needless to say his sense of
Humor & Good Will toward Humanity was absolutely infectious.
It’s hard to fathom that
will celebrate his 70th Birthday in just a few weeks as
the 1988 Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame
inductee & Fab Four Alum is as timeless as the music he helped
Considered Rock Royalty by Fans & Peers alike the Living
Legend & his Band of All-Stars spent the afternoon at the
previewing their upcoming 11th
All-Star Band Tour. The tour kicked off the following evening
with the first of two sold out shows inside the splendorous
Falls View Events Centre.
This is the second time that
RINGO & his All-Stars have used
the Falls as a backdrop to kick off their tour; they spent two
weeks in 2008 rehearsing & opening with shows inside the luxurious
confines of the
FallsView Casino. Fans that
missed that Tour can look forward to the DVD release on July 27th.
When asked why they returned
replied; “We’ll who
wouldn’t like waking up and looking out their window each morning
& seeing the Falls, it’s really incredible.
Every single staff
member at the
have made us all feel so comfortable here, the venue here is
It really helps to have continuity when bringing together
World Class Musicians that have to step away from their own
musical endeavors and put together this All-Star show, I like to
refer to us as the 1-800-Band of Hits.
As far as I’m concerned I don’t see any reason not
to kick off the tour here every other Year, as long as I can hold
these sticks in my hands I’ll
be out on the road with my Friends”
rolls out his 11th ALL-STAR Tour with repeat
offenders EDGAR WINTER, GARY WRIGHT & Dynamic Drummer
GREGG BISSONETTE who will welcome newcomers RICK DERRINGER,
WALLY PALMAR (Romantics)
& RICHARD PAGE (Mr.
into the fold.
The Press was treated to a Ten Minute Private Concert Preview
starting with teasers from the Ring Master himself performing a
song from his new Record “Y Not” titled “The
Other Side of Liverpool”;
followed that by jumping behind the kit for the BEATLES
classic cut “Boys” from the “Please Please Me”
album released in 1963.
Following the maestro would be WALLY PALMAR
performing “What I Like About You”; next up
would be the ever enthusiastic EDGAR WINTER taking us on a
“Free Ride”, followed by former Edgar Winter
Group Band mate RICK DERRINGER for a rousing
rendition of “Rock ‘n’ Roll, Hoochie Koo”.
All-Star Bassist RICHARD PAGE showed his vocal chops with
Mr. Mister’s hit “Take These Broken Wings” &
Mr. “Dream Weaver” GARY WRIGHT performed “My
Love is Alive”.
The mini-set commenced with the Master of Ceremonies stepping up
to the mic once again to lead the All-Stars & the fortunate few in
the house to a sing along to “With A Little Help From My
2010 continues to be a full on Celebration for the Bona
fide Rock STARR
born Rickard Starkey, father of current WHO
Drummer ZAK STARKEY. The Party began in January with the
release of his latest solo effort “Y Not” which has
received rave reviews from Fans & Critics Worldwide.
With his place amongst Rock Royalty long ago
cemented in the annals of Musical History with the BEATLES,
it was literally cemented this past February into the sidewalk on
North Vine Street as he received his long overdue
on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
last two releases 2008’s
& his brand new release “Y Not” are filled with
musical relevance & the passionate message of
PEACE & LOVE
that the Iconic performer has
practiced & preached for nearly half a Century.
“Y Not” finds
not only behind the Drums but also behind the glass as for the
very first time in his illustrious career he produced each track
Like his touring All-Stars
surrounded himself with the same
caliber of Musicians in the studio for the “Y Not”
record highlighted by contributions by some of Music’s Elite.
Of the many contributions on the record the most notable
comes from former BEATLE Band mate PAUL McCARTNEY,
Sir PAUL chimes in vocally on the stirring song about long lasting
Friendship, “Walk With You”; he also booms in on
Bass Guitar driving the track “Peace Dream” complete
with a JOHN LENNON reference.
asked about working with McCARTNEY again
actually played live together in
New York last year so we
do bump into each other quite a bit; it’s not like we haven’t
worked together since the BEATLES we’ve played on each other
records over the years.
I had the
song “Peace Dream” which I purposely wanted him to play Bass
because he’s the finest player I’ve ever played with.
was in L.A. for the Grammy’s I played him the track and he agreed
to join in with us.
always good when we get together musically because we know each
other so well.”
Not to be outdone by the BEATLE Magic also joining in on
the record is: JOE WALSH (Eagles)
who by the way just recently became
brother-in-law, DAVE STEWART
Petty & the Heartbreakers)
& RICHARD MARX.
hits the road this week the
celebration will reach a pinnacle on July 7th for his
70th Birthday with his All-Star Band mates at Radio
City Music Hall in New York City were there is sure to be a
Variety of guests to join in on the Extravaganza.
Be sure to visit
for all the Special Events in store as
continues to shine brighter then ever.
Fans that couldn’t make the show at the
this past weekend can make the
short trek down the thruway to the
Brands Marvin Sands Performing Arts
& the All-Stars will be performing their Jukebox of Hits on
Wednesday July 21st.
for a listing of their amazing summer line-up.
The Rock Rapport
would like to THANK Elaine
Christenson of the
as well as Elizabeth Freund of
Beautiful Day Media. We would also like to Thank our
colleagues at Back Stage Axxess
for the photo contributions.
Be sure to visit
for a list of upcoming shows at
their Beautiful Events Centre.
****************PEACE & Harmonies**********************