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Ringo Starr Still Getting By With Help From All-Starr Friends

Of the Oakland Press

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Ringo Starr has been getting by with more than a little help from his friends since he launched his All-Starr Band concept in 1989. But the former Beatle says this year’s edition has a different flavor than the other nine he’s taken on the road.

“I’m feeling really good about this one ’cause I know everybody in the band,” Starr, 68, says of the lineup that includes previous All-Starr Band members Billy Squier, Edgar Winter, Men at Work’s Colin Hay and the Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart, as well as “new kid” Gary Wright and Detroit native Gregg Bissonette on drums.

“A lot of the All-Starr Bands, though I knew of the artists and their work, I’d never met a lot of them. But I’ve actually met everybody onstage with me this tour, so it makes it a little easier.”

Starr released a new album, “Liverpool 8,” earlier this year. But while he plans to perform its title track, he says the rest of his selections in the show will come from his Beatles and solo career favorites.

“I know what I do and I know what people come to see me for,” says Starr, who’s “in the middle of” his next album. “It’s to see me do ‘Yellow Submarine’ and ‘Little Help.’ We’re putting in ‘Oh My My’ this tour, which we’ve never done. We gotta do ‘Photograph’ ...

“It’s just how it is. I’m not complaining, believe me.”

Ringo Starr and his All-Starr Band perform at 9 p.m. Friday (July 11) in the Colosseum at Caesars Windsor, 377 Riverside Drive East, Windsor. Tickets are $46-$69. Call (888) 345-5885 or visit www.caesarswindsor.com.

Web Site: www.caesarswindsor.com

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