Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band @ The Potawatomi Bingo Casino
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
year’s All Starr roster re
Winter was a constant highlight. He did “Free Ride,” of course, but mostly he humbly abided by the collaborative spirit of the evening and played sideman, happily switching instruments as needed. He seemed to take particular glee doing the door-knock hand-claps and ’80s-pop sax lines of Men at Work’s “Who Can It Be Now?”
Only soft-rocker Gary Wright killed the greatest-hits pacing of the show, doing a languid three songs—two of which, mind you, weren’t “Dream Weaver.” Winter, for comparison, only did two songs (unless his prog-rock epic “Frankenstein” counts twice). Winter didn’t even plug the album of new material he’d released literally just a day before the show, yet Wright felt the need to do a deep cut.
Spry, lovable and Dorian Gray youthful, Ringo closed the show with a few more simple pleasures from his catalog and a sing-along of “Give Peace a Chance”—not to make any grand political statement about current wars, but simply because it’s a song audiences enjoy hearing.