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Ringo Starr & his All Starr Band

07/12/2014, Santa Barbara Bowl

Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band hit the road once again.This year’s line-up (like that of the 2012 tour) features Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Gregg Rolie (Journey/Santana), Todd Rundgren and Gregg Bissonette on the 28-date tour which included a stop July 12 at The Santa Barbara Bowl.


All Photos: Gary Lambert /       


“I love playing with this band,” Ringo said in a press release, “and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again.”  

The All Starr Band kicked off the trek in Rama, Ontario on June 6 and finishes in Los Angeles at The Greek on July 19.  

Outside of the tour, 2014 is shaping up to be memorable for the former Beatle, who celebrated his 74th birthday at a Peace & Love celebration in Los Angeles.



On January 20, 2014 Ringo's musical legacy was celebrated when The David Lynch Foundation honored Ringo with the "Lifetime of Peace & Love Award". The event included a star-studded tribute performing from Ringo’s extensive catalog. January 26 saw Ringo perform his song “Photograph” on the GRAMMYS, followed by him jumping on the kit during his old bandmate, Paul McCartney’sperformance. The two then performed together again, this time for several songs for the CBS taping of The Beatles Tribute celebrating the 50th Anniversary of their first U.S. visit and appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show.  


In February 2014, Simon & Shuster published "Octopus's Garden", a children's book based on Ringo's lyrics. This book comes on the heels of last year's PHOTOGRAPH, the Genesis Publications book ( ). PHOTOGRAPH was first released as an e-book in conjunction with The GRAMMY Museum exhibit "Ringo: Peace & Love," a record-breaking exhibit that opened in June 2013. The exhibit has had more than 90,000 visitors already and is the first major exhibit to focus on a drummer. It remained open through March 2014. ( In addition to his music, Ringo Starr is also bringing his artwork to select cities. What started merely a diversion to pass the time, has since developed into an iconic collection of artwork. This year Ringo has created a unique set of ‘self portraits’ that truly showcases his evolution as a visual artist. June 19, 2014, there was an opening VIP reception and exhibition of Ringo Starr’s art at Soho Contemporary Art Gallery ( Ringo’s art may also be seen at the Hard Rock Cafe in Chicago and Ocean Gallery in Stone Harbor , NJ. as well as online at  


On July 13 AXS TV premiered “RINGO STARR: A LIFETIME OF PEACE AND LOVE” a once in a lifetime tribute concert event honoring Ringo by the David Lynch Foundation. The show is packed with heartfelt moments & great performances from some of music’s biggest & breaking artists including Joe Walsh, Ben Harper, Ben Folds, Brendan Benson, Bettye LaVette, The Head & The Heart and Jesse Elliot and Lindsey McWilliams of Ark Life; with an equally stellar backing band featuring Don Was, Benmont Tench, Peter Frampton, Steve Lukather and Kenny Arnoff. This unique collection of musicians all came together to celebrate one of music’s greatest stars. The concert was shot on January 20, 2014 at the El Rey in Los Angeles and launched the Ringo Starr Peace & Love Fund, established as a division of the David Lynch Foundation (a 501c3 charity), to provide Transcendental Meditation instruction to tens of thousands of at-risk students in underserved schools, women who are survivors of domestic violence, and veterans with post-traumatic stress.


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