Ringo Starr at Horseshoe Tunica 

click to enlarge Ringo Starr and His Allstarr Band performs at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica on Thursday, July 3rd.
  • Ringo Starr and His Allstarr Band performs at Horseshoe Casino in Tunica on Thursday, July 3rd.

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.


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