DATE: Saturday 18th June 2011
VENUE: Liverpool Empire
COST: £60 plus an really outrageous, extortionate booking fee of £11.50
VERDICT: You can take the boy out of Liverpool....
When the tickets for Ringo went on sale, it was clear from the start that any Minty And The Beeb gig review was only gonna be written up by one half of Minty And The Beeb!
Not even a freebie ticket for a McCartney gig would temp Minty into the Beatle world. But for The Beeb it was a chance to see a real live Beatle. So with one ticket in hand we both headed up to
Liverpool once again.
After booking into the hotel we headed out to meet up with friends. The Beeb with Janine, Phil and various other good people, while Minty went on a pub crawl with Dave W.
Inside the Empire theatre The Beeb caught up with Janine at the opposite side of the hall for a quick chat. On the way back to his seat the great opening notes of “It Don’t Come Easy” opened the homecoming gig for Ringo. The band sounded great, and Ringo looked even better. He was in great shape and nattily dressed in a bit of a Teddy Boy look jacket.
|Ringo in his Teddy Boy jacket|
First of the other members of the All Starr band to do his bit was Rick Derringer, who did his old McCoys hit “Hang On Sloopy.” This is an excellent live song that went down well with the audience. Rick then introduced Edgar Winter who did a blistering “Free Ride.”
Wally Palmer from The Romantics was an unknown artist to the Beeb, but Gary Wright’s “Dreamweaver” was spot on.
Probably the best singer of the night was Richard Page who did Mr Mister.s big hit “Kyrie.”
|Rick Derringer (l) and Richard Page (r)|
Ringo came back for the nostalgic “The Other Side Of Liverpool,” then got the crowd going silly with “Yellow Submarine.”
When Edgar Winter strapped his keyboard over his neck for “Frankenstein,” it was like watching the film of him from the Old Grey Whistle Test in the 70’s. His hair was as white then of course!
After another round of various members singing, Ringo finished off the proceedings with “Photograph,” “Act Naturally,” “A Little Help From My Friends” and “Give Peace A Chance.”
All the way through the gig, Ringo made references to how much he loved
Liverpool. It became a bit of a running joke.
The gig was very enjoyable, but looking back at how much everyone else in the band contributed to the show makes you wonder how much the £70 price tag for the ticket was VFM. Still...it WAS a Beatle, even if he never used THAT word all night. A good night out, but it will be a while before the Beeb forks out £70 to see Wally Palmer and Mr Mister again.
|Ringo on the drums|