Ringo Starr Pacific Rim Tour Underway!



Ringo Starr announced that he his All Starr Band will tour the Pacific Rim this winter with select dates in New Zealand, Australia and Japan. The band is the same line up which just completed a North American tour this past summer and features Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr.Mister), Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, Gregg Rolie (Santana & Journey)and Gregg Bissonette.

‘The tour this summer was just GREAT – I love playing with this band and I can’t wait to get back out and play with them again,” Ringo said. “I am looking forward to revisiting Japan with the All Starrs and of course New Zealand and Australia. Peace & Love!”

The tour is being produced by Dave Hart and as always fans can expect to hear a jukebox worth of hits. Ringo classic’s such as “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, “Little Help From My Friends”, “Yellow Submarine” and “Wings”, from Starr’s recently released 17th solo record, Ringo 2012 (Hip-O/Ume). All Starr’s hits include “Rosanna,” “Broken Wings,” “Hello It’s Me,” “Black Magic Woman.”

Gregg Rolie to be Featured on “Ringo at The Ryman” DVD

Ringo Starr’s 72nd birthday show last July 7 with his All-Starr Band at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium will be released on DVD March 19. Along with Gregg and Ringo, this version of the All-Starr Band features Steve Lukather of Toto, Richard Page of Mr. Mister, Gregg Rolie from Journey and Santana, Todd Rundgren, Mark Rivera, who’s worked often with Billy Joel, and drummer Gregg Bissonette. Gregg is featured singing lead on three Santana Classics that he made famous – “Evil Ways”, “Black Magic Woman” and “Everybody’s Everything.”

The show took place at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN, the longtime home of the Grand Ole Opry.

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Gregg Rolie Quartet at One World Theater in Austin, TX

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Santana / Journey Legend Gregg Rolie And His Quartet To Play One World Theatre In Austin, TX –
January 23, 2013

Austin, TX – Gregg Rolie, co-founder of two multi-platinum super groups, Santana and Journey, will be performing with his quartet at the One World Theatre in Austin, TX on January 23, 2013. Gregg Rolie’s performance at the One World Theatre comes on the heels of his recent tour with Ringo Starr’s All Star Band. The Gregg Rolie Quartet will be playing selections from Santana and Journey along with songs from his solo career, as well as a couple unreleased new numbers. Gregg will also answer questions from the audience during the show. After the performance, there will be a meet and greet with the audience and Gregg and the band will be on hand for pictures and autographs.

Says Gregg, “The Gregg Rolie Quartet is an extension of the duo with Gregg Rolie and Texas blues guitarist Alan Haynes. We added my longtime friend and drummer from the Gregg Rolie Band, Ron Wikso, and the bass player is Sticky Lopez out of Austin, TX.”

Gregg Rolie is the voice behind the classic Santana hits “Black Magic Woman” “Evil Ways” and “Oye Como Va”. In 1998, this world class musician, writer, producer was inducted into the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame as the unmistakable lead vocalist of the Santana band. In addition to launching- along with Carlos Santana- the now legendary act, Rolie also co-produced their first four groundbreaking albums. Departing Santana after the pioneering jazz fusion offering ‘Caravansarai’ in 1972, band members Gregg Rolie and Neal Schon went on to form the 1980’s hit-makers Journey, co-writing and producing that band’s first 7 albums.

Released in 2011, ‘Five Days’ is Gregg Rolie’s’s latest EP/CD consisting of 6 songs featuring Gregg playing acoustic piano and singing live. He recorded these tracks in his living room on the piano given to him by his father in the early days of Santana, and as Gregg says, “It’s from my house to yours.” He gives beautiful new renditions of 2 classic hits that he sang as the lead singer in Santana – “Black Magic Woman” and Journey – “Anytime” – as well as 4 new songs, his own compositions through solo voice and piano. Also now available, Gregg Rolie, featuring blues guitarist Alan Haynes, Live At The Iridium CD, recorded last year and available through his website, the Iridium Club NYC, and at the One World Theatre the night of the show. Much to the excitement of Gregg Rolie’s fans ‘down under’, Gregg will be touring Australia with Ringo Starr’s All Star Band in February 2013!

Gregg Rolie & Alan Haynes – Live at The iridium CD

Live at The Iridium CoverTaken from one of Gregg and Alan’s duo performances at the esteemed Iridium Club in New York City, this Live CD captures the essence of the duo in action, in an intimate setting. Gregg brings stories of the glory days of Santana, the early days of Journey, and great new arrangements of classics like “LOOK INTO THE FUTURE”, “EVIL WAYS,” “ANYTIME” and “BLACK MAGIC WOMAN.” Also brilliant new material from his recent solo project, including the touching “IF I WENT HOME,” a song 30 years in the making about his falling out with the band Journey. Armed with a Steinway grand, and Texas Strat-slinger Alan Haynes, Gregg Rolie transforms his stadium rockers into an exciting and personal night club show.

Click here to view this on the Iridium Live website

Click here to check it out on iTunes

Blog Review from Rockchicago.net

Here’s a review from Rockchicago.net, of the show in Hammond, IN, with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. The review is by Peter Sakas and there are also lots of great photos! Suddenly there was the familiar Evil Ways (which was released as a single in 1969, from Santana’s first album) and the crowd went wild. The whole crowd was singing along, dancing, gyrating to the hypnotic Latin beat, people once again spilling into the aisles dancing. My wife was looking around amazed at the audience response and exclaimed, “This is great!” Gregg Rolie has always been overlooked in Santana, but he was the singer on their big hits in the early days of the band and his distinctive Hammond organ really helped drive the band. He was in great voice, played outstanding keyboards, and gave an enthusiastic performance. I was a bit worried about the guitar in this song because of the legendary Carlos Santana, but Steve Lukather proved to be a masterful guitarist and his playing complimented the song perfectly. Click here to read this blog review

Los Angeles Times Review from The Greek Theater in LA

Here’s a review in the Los Angeles Times, from the Los Angeles show at the Greek Theater, with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. The show featured guest All Starr alumni and other friends such as Peter Frampton, Joe Walsh, Jeff Lynne, Jim Keltner, Mickey Dolenz and more. Here’s an excerpt: Rolie brought a Latin rock accent into the mix from behind his Hammond B3 organ keyboard on Santana’s “Evil Ways” and “Black Magic Woman.”

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Blog Review from The Greek Theater in LA

This is a blog review, complete with lots of photos and video, from the Los Angeles show at the Greek Theater, with Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band. Here’s an excerpt: Two great additions are Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals)  and Gregg Rolie on  keyboards and vocals .  Steve is a monster on the guitar and I honestly had no idea Gregg Rolie was still around, but cool – he was in the original Journey and Santana!  “Africa”, “Hold the Line”,  “Everybody’s Everything” (Santana) and “Black Magic Woman” are easily 4 of the best songs in the set.

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