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Ringo's 70th Birthday Gig has a few surprises! report - slideshow

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Ringo celebrated his 70th birthday on-stage performing at  New York's Radio City Music Hall last night. The opening song was Ringo's 1971 hit 'It Don't Come Easy', the Beatle was joined by Edgar Winter, guitarist Rick Derringer, Mr Mister's bassist Richard Page, Gary "Dream Weaver" Wright, and the Romantics' Wally Palmer throughout the evening.

Bob Gannon was at the Ringo and The Allstar Band's gig last night and sends his report with some photos later in this report.

In the finale Yoko Ono, Joe Walsh, Angus Young, Nils Lofgren, Foreigner's Mick Jones and others joined Starr to sing 'With A Little Help From My Friends' and a version of 'Give Peace a Chance' that led into the crowd singing Happy Birthday to Ringo. Then Ringo's son Jason along with his grandchildren wheeled out a birthday cake in the shape of a drum kit.

The night wasn't over yet as Bob reports, "Lights went down as he exited the stage and you could tell it was not over yet as stage crew began to move more things around. I saw a small guy in the shadows walk on stage and kneel next to an amplifier. Looking closer I could see that it was Mark Hamel and he was holding Paul's Hofner Bass. Sure enough the band came out followed by Sir Paul McCartney who looked absolutely fabulous and well! The band kicked in to "Birthday" as the building became unhinged as Ringo was on his drum kit as Paul played bass and sang."

Ringo and Paul did previously perform on-stage together at a New York benefit in April 2009. They are both  in the middle of summer tours, with McCartney making recent appearances at the Isle Of Wight and Hard Rock Calling festival.

Bob Gannon was at the Ringo and The Allstar Band's gig last night and sends his report with some photos.


Report by Bob Gannon: 

Hi Gang,
 
Just got back from the show and a little after party after seeing just a tremendous show and one that certainly lived up to the expectations. While we were eating dinner in the city we speculated who if any VIP guests would show up. We talked about various scenarios that would make the concert special and just truly hoped that the show would live up to our expectations. Enter the venue...Radio City Music Hall site and numerous Ringo shows. Cameras were OK as long as there was no flashes used. Ringo again was in great spirits, several times stated that he "loved New York". Set list no different than prior shows. Being that I had friends all over the theater, I was getting text reports that Yoko Ono, Sid Bernstein, Olivia Harrison, Jeff Lynne and Spike Lee were in the house but that was just the tip of the iceberg for what would transpire later.
 
Setlist:
01. It Don't Come Easy
02. Honey Don't
03. Choose Love
04. Hang on Sloopy (Rick Derringer)
05. Free Ride (Edgar Winter)
06. Talking in your sleep (Wally Palmer)
07. I Wanna Be Your Man
08. Dream Weaver (Gary Wright)
09. Kyrie (Richard Page)
10. The Other Side of Liverpool
11. Yellow Submarine
12. Frankenstein (Edgar Winter)
13. Peace Dream
14. Back off Boogaloo
15. What I Like About You (Wally Palmer)
16. Rock & Roll Hoochie Koo (Rick Derringer)
17. Boys
18. Love is Alive (Gary Wright)
19. Broken Wings (Richard Page)
20. Photograph
21. Act Naturally
22. With a Little Help From My Friends/ Give Peace a Chance (reprise)
23. Birthday with Paul McCartney

 

 

 
We'll flash to the end of the show when Ringo and Band start playing "With a Little Help From My Friends" when they were joined on stage by Yoko Ono and a who's who list of former All Star Band members. Here's who I remember coming on stage
 
Yoko Ono
Zach Starkey
Joe Walsh
Gary Brooker
Mick Jones
Richard Marx
Billy Squier
Gary Burr
Peter Asher
Greg Lake
Max Weinberg
Brian Johnson
Little Steven Van Zandt
Nils Lofgren
Jim Keltner
Mark Rivera
Jeff Lynne
and Colin Hay
Might have missed a couple.>>Sid Bernstein, Olivia Harrison and Spike Lee were seen in the audience but did not come on stage. Yoko was very energetic and shared the mic with Ringo for awhile especially when the band kicked into "Give Peace a chance". As the song ended, the crowd began to sing Happy Birthday to Ringo as his son Jason and his grandchildren wheeled out a birthday cake in the shape of a drum kit. Ringo thanked everyone ran off the stage as he sang "Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to me". Lights went down as he exited the stage and you could tell it was not over yet as stage crew began to move more things around. I saw a small guy in the shadows walk on stage and kneel next to an amplifier. Looking closer I could see that it was Mark Hamel and he was holding Paul's Hofner Bass. Sure enough the band came out followed by Sir Paul McCartney who looked absolutely fabulous and well! The band kicked in to "Birthday" as the building became unhinged as Ringo was on his drum kit as Paul played bass and sang. After the song, Paul embraced Ringo and gave him a kiss on the cheek. The took their bows and exited the stage. I heard that Joe Walsh had thrown Ringo a party after the show for over 400 guests. Reports of Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen being there I could not confirm and certainly none of the many people I know saw them but who knows who else was lurking back stage.
 
Bob  

 

Last Updated: 07/08/10 11:24
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by Silvia : NY, NY July 15, 2010 9:06 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
I was lucky to have been in the audience. Boy, was it a good had by all. I was also lucky to have seen "that band" at Shea in `66. You kinda get teary eyed not seeing the missing, but these Paul and Ringo are absolutely 2 of the greatest rockers who love what they do. They are amazing entertainers.
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by Markus : Sweden July 14, 2010 11:09 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
What a smash! That was a great clip!!!!!
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by Lynda Phillips : Leona Valley California USA July 11, 2010 4:31 AM EDT (Guest)  click to register
How wonderful it is to see them still performing together..they look great and sound great as always..Happy 70th Birthday Ringo! God Bless
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by CD : Celebration FL July 8, 2010 11:25 PM EDT (Guest)  click to register
That was FAB!. I was smiling throughout this,, simply fab, boy Ringo & Paul look super cool so good and in great shape. These guys have found the fountain of youth cause there ain`t no white hair, walking sticks or pot bellies on these two. I guess Ringo will be seeking out Paul in 2yrs time for his 70th. OMG!
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Ringo celebrated his 70th birthday on-stage performing at New York's Radio City Music Hall last night. The opening song was Ringo's 1971 hit 'It Don't Come Easy', the Beatle was joined by Edgar Winter, guitarist Rick Derringer, Mr Mister's bassist Richard Page, Gary "Dream Weaver" Wright, and the Romantics' Wally Palmer throughout the evening. Bob Gannon was at the Ringo and The Allstar Band's gig last night and sends his report with some photos later in this report.