Ringo Starr and His All-Starr band to play Morris Center

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The former Beatles’ drummer and solo singer, Ringo Starr, is set to perform with his supergroup this fall at the Morris Center. The members of the band represent some of the biggest names in contemporary music. For some reason, the group doesn’t seem to be as well known as their previous fame might suggest. Maybe it is because the lineup varies from year to year, or that the group doesn’t release big singles. What the group seems to offer is a history of hit songs from across decades. Ringo Starr and His All-Band seem to be the supergroup that hardly anyone has heard of.

Ringo Starr, post-Beatles

After the breakup of the Beatles in 1970, Starr busied himself with a series of solo albums, some of which attained a good measure of success. In 1970, he reached No. 4 with “It Don’t Come Easy,” a rollicking, horn and guitar-filled song complete with life advice. In 1973, Starr had two No.1 hits with “Photograph” and “You’re Sixteen.”

Further removed from the Beatles’ fame, Starr’s ability to sell albums like he once did began to wane. This did nothing to deter the musician from producing work. However, in 1989, Starr began putting together a supergroup named after himself.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band

The idea for the band came from a producer. The first incarnation of the All-Starr band formed in London in 1989. The idea was to include members who were famous on their own.  According to the lineup over the years, including independently famous people has been a constant. Past members have included such legendary artists as Joe Walsh, Todd Rundgren, Billy Preston, the late Clarence Clemons and others.

The 2018 version of the All-Starr Band is as illustrious as previous years. Members of bands such as Men at Work, Toto, Kansas, 10cc, Journey and Santana complete the lineup. The band this year will include songs from Starr’s latest album, “Give More Love.”

It is likely that the group will also play songs from previous All-Starr albums.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr and the Morris Center

With acts like Starr and his group taking the stage, in addition to performers like Celtic Woman and South Bend Symphony Orchestra, the Morris Center for the Performing Arts continues its lengthy history of bringing stellar performers to South Bend, Indiana.

The venue was built in 1922 and at first was a home for vaudeville acts. It grew to include movies and became known as a “movie palace.” The theater seats more than 2,500 patrons.

Located in northwest Indiana, South Bend is roughly two hours from Fort Wayne, and thus the distance is not prohibitive if would-be audiences want to catch a show at Morris Center.

Morris Center for the Performing Arts is located at 211 N. Michigan St. in South Bend. Tickets for Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band start at $69.50. More information can be found at http://morriscenter.org/event/ringo/

 

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Dodie Miller-Gould is a native of Fort Wayne, Indiana who lives in New York City where she studies creative nonfiction at Columbia University. She has BA and MA degrees in English from Indiana University-Purdue University, Fort Wayne, and an MFA in Fiction from Minnesota State University, Mankato. Her research interests include popular music and culture, 1920s jazz, and blues, confessional poetry, and the rhetoric of fiction. She has presented at numerous conferences in rhetoric and composition, and creative writing. Her creative works have appeared in Tenth Muse, Apostrophe, The Flying Island, Scavenger's Newsletter and elsewhere. She has won university-based awards for creative work and literary criticism.

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