The question bandied about before the show was whether Ringo Starr, who will turn 72 in two weeks is too old to rock ‘n roll. The least appreciated Beatle answered that with a solid two-hour show Saturday at Caesars Atlantic City before a capacity crowd of 2,000.
However, the aforementioned question shouldn’t have been directed at the spry and humorous Starr. The crowd assembled barely showed a pulse until Starr closed the show with the Beatles classic “With A Little Help From My Friends.’
The audience certainly needed a little help. When Starr took the stage a college-aged fan, who was certainly in the minority, was yelled at for standing and applauding Starr’s entrance. Ridiculous.
During ‘Yellow Submarine,’ Starr implored the crowd to participate and about 20 people stood. Sure, Atlantic City with its many complimentary tickets, is different than most other markets. But this audience was more relaxed than Perry Como ever was.
Starr delivered a nice performance whether he was fronting his crack All-Starr Band, which includes guitarists Steve Lukather of Toto fame and Todd Rundgren, bassist Richard Page of Mr. Mister, keyboardist Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey), saxophonist Mark Rivera (Billy Joel) and drummer Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth) or playing drums, while his bandmates took center stage.
‘It Don’t Come Easy,’ ‘Photograph’ and cuts from his surprisingly strong new release ‘Ringo 2012’ were highlights. ‘Anthem,’ the leadoff track from ‘2012’ proves that Starr can still write a solid song.
The array of Toto tunes Lukather delivered (‘Rosanna,’ ‘Africa,’ ‘Hold The Line’) were crowd pleasers. The same can be said for Rundgren’s moldy oldie ‘Hello, It’s Me’ and Rolie reaching back for the Santana classic ‘Evil Ways.’
The crowd, hopefully they went back to their crypt after the show, was lame but Ringo was on throughout the event. Who knows how many tours Starr has him in? The show was a treat for those who appreciate one of rock’s most underheralded drummers and great personalities.