Ever wonder what John Candy, Harry Nilsson, Hoyt Axton, Gary Busey, John Entwhistle, Sheila E, Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Colin Hay, and Paul McCartney have in common? I too have often wondered that. The answer is they all performed with Ringo Starr & His Allstarr Band. The aspiring hair dresser/drummer for the Beatles brings his latest incarnation of the Allstarr Band to Horseshoe Casino in Tunica on Thursday, July 3rd.
The original group was largely the Band: Levon Helm and Rick Danko. Quasi Memphian Joe Walsh is a staple. One also wonders whether Walsh and Starr ever had a real good time together. The band has evolved over the decades but always includes players who are stars in their own right. The plan is to let Ringo sing a few and then let each star band member do a couple of their own biggest numbers. Listening to recordings of these shows, you hear Ringo having a good time in the Elvis Vegas-years tradition: a charismatic superstar guiding a crack band through great songs.
Memphis and Mississippi are holy ground to a lot of these folks, as well they should be. God knows who might show up.
It's been 27 years since our pals over at The Commercial Appeal helped screw up a perhaps already screwed up record by getting snarky with Mr. Starkey and setting off a street protest by producer Chips Moman. The "lost" record that Starr tried to make in 1987 was never officially released after both sides agreed it was a mess. I wish I could have been there.
We are happy to see that Moman will be inducted into the Memphis Music Hall of Fame this year.