We once again welcome the great "Beatle" Ringo Starr back to Central New York on Friday evening June 3, 2016 as he brought his All-Star Band to the "New" Lakeside Amphitheater at 8 PM. Ringo first visited the Syracuse Area back on Saturday October 9, 1971 for John Lennon's 31st birthday celebration at the Hotel Syracuse and viewed Yoko Ono's Art Exhibition at the Everson Museum.
That memorable day Ringo arrived in Syracuse at Hancock Field in the morning on American Airlines from New York City on a flight that included his former wife Maureen, Phil Spector, Klaus Voormann and others. And partied into the evening as VIP guests sang and present John with a special 31st Birthday Cake. People are still talking about this event some 45 years later.
Ringo also visited Syracuse and performed at the Landmark Theater on June 10, 2000 with his All-Stars that included Jack Bruce, Eric Carmen, Dave Edmunds, Mark Rivera & Simon Kirke. Many years later Ringo also brought his All-Star Band to the Turning Stone Casino back on June 24, 2014.
But this years band (his 12th addition) consisted of the great Todd Rundgren, along with Gregg Rolie (Santana), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page ( Mr. Mister), drummer Gregg Bissonette and famed sax man Warren Ham. This lineup starts its fifth year together. This is only the second concert ever held at the "New" Lakeview Amphitheater and the first in 2016.
On a beautiful sunny day the famed Beatle drummer filled a packed grandstand of loving fans. They opened their set with "Matchbox" followed by "It Don't Come Easy" and finishing the night with "With A Little Help From My Friends" and "Give Peace A Chance". Fans could purchase many varieties of Ringo T-Shirts along with a special 2016 Ringo Starr & All-Star Band Tour Photo Book.
Fans of all ages and some for the very first time got to see there first "Beatle". For myself the first time seeing Ringo since the memorable Saturday October 9, 1971 at John's 31st Birthday.