Once again Ringo Starr rang in his birthday (Saturday, July 7th) onstage -- this time at Nashville's famed Ryman Auditorium. Although fans were holding out for yet another Paul McCartney surprise appearance -- like he did back in 2010 during Ringo's New York City Radio City Music Hall gig -- the "Cute Beatle" was nowhere to be found. That didn't mean that fans weren't treated to some special guests for Ringo's 72nd birthday -- brother-in-law and original All Starr Band member, Joe Walsh, was on hand to perform his own "Rocky Mountain Way" with Ringo and the All Starrs.
According to Beatles Examiner, among the notables on hand for the show closing "With A Little Help From My Friends" were Walsh's daughter Lucy, former All Starrs Richard Marx and Felix Cavaliere, pop rocker Brendan Benson, frequent Ringo collaborator Gary Burr, and country stars Vince Gill, Brad Paisley, and Kix Brooks of Brooks & Dunn.
Ringo explained that as a boss -- be it in the studio or as a bandleader -- all he wants from any player is the best they've got: "If I ask you to come and play on it -- I want you on it. I'm not there saying, 'Don't play that note -- or don't do this.' Sometimes I have to say, 'Well, that's not really the way I was goin',' but I trust the musicians to do their best. That's the same with the All-Stars, and I have that speech every time I put a new band (together): 'Look, I'll do my best for all of you, I expect you to do the best for me and all the other members of the band.' And sometimes in rehearsal, I've had members that aren't willing to do their best and we've had to let them go."
Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band tour dates (subject to change):
July 11 - Salt Lake City, UT - Usana Amphitheatre
July 13 - Airway Heights, WA - Northern Quest Casino
July 14 - Woodinville, WA - Chateau Ste. Michelle Winery
July 15 - Troutdale, OR - McMenamins Edgefield Amphitheater
July 17 - Saratoga, CA - The Mountain Winery
July 19 - San Diego, CA - Humphrey's Concerts By Bay
July 21 - Los Angeles, CA - Greek Theatre