The Romantics’ Wally Palmar is finding he can go home again — after quite an experience away.
The Romantics will close the annual Rockin’ on the Riverfront series Friday night, just a week after Palmar closed out his stint as a member of Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band. “So I don’t get much time to dwell on it,” he says with a laugh.
But, Palmar says, he will carry the memory of being part of the Beatles drummer’s traveling troupe with him for a long time.
“Those guys are like my adopted family,” Palmar says of a corps that included Edgar Winter, Rick Derringer, Gary Wright and Mister Mister’s Richard Page. “From rehearsal to rehearsal we just got closer, and from a band it grew into more like a total team effort, because everybody helps each other out.
“They adopted me and made me feel a part of it, which was great.”
Palmar says he was also proud to see that his Romantics songs — “What I Like About You” and “Talking in Your Sleep” — held up well in a show that included all of the others’ biggest hits as well as Starr’s Beatles classics.
“The other players ... really enjoyed playing those songs, and they put whatever they can into it,” he notes. “We had all the guys doing the ‘Heys!’ for ‘What I Like About You’ and the backups and harmonies, and they nailed the harmonies for ‘Talking in Your Sleep.’ And you’re talking about some really good singers here, and great players, too, so to see them enjoy playing Romantics songs like that was so flattering.
“And to turn around and see Ringo playing drums on (the songs), forget it. I’m still stunned by it.”
The Romantics and the Eddie Leighton Project with Steve Kostan perform at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 13, on the GM Riverfront Stage on the south side of the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. Admission is free. Call 313-567-6700 or visit www.andiamoitalia.com/detroit.
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