Monday, February 20, 2012
It's been 20 years since I last attended a Ringo's "All-Starrs" concert, but I think I went out on a very high note. Joining the Beatle on the 1992 tour were Todd Rundgren, Dave Edmunds, Joe Walsh, Burton Cummings, Timothy B. Schmit and Nils Lofgren. This year's "All Starr Band," includes Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page (of Mr. Mister), Mark Rivera, Gregg Bissonette, and once again, Mr, Rundgren.
I have a friend who swears by all of these shows, and I'm sure he's been to every one since the first in 1988. I won't dispute the fun factor. But, hearing the '92 guys harmonize on songs like The Guess Who's "No Time" and Poco's "Keep On Tryin'" is a tough card to trump with with 2012's line-up. Does it matter really who harmonizes on "Broken Wings?" And as great as it was to hear Toto's "Hold The Line" on the radio, it wasn't Steve Lukather who sang it.
I could go on, but why? I'm sure there are plenty of Mr. Mister, Toto and Gregg Rolie-era Santana fans who would think this year's band is better than '92's. (They'd be wrong, but...)
I'm happy Mr. Starkey continues to go out on the road with friends, but unless he upgrades to a new operating system, his "All Starr Band" will start to resemble the cast of "Cannonball Run 3."
Realistically...who could be part of this 2012 line-up that would equal the '92 line-up? Our favorite legends are getting older...or worse. Think about this. If you could build this roster for a tour, who would your five be...realistically?
KEEP ON TRYIN'