Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band to perform at Stephens Auditorium, first Beatle to do so

Ringo Starr, former drummer for The Beatles, current frontman for The All-Starr Band.


Stephens Auditorium is due to host the iconic supergroup, Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band, on Wednesday — led by former Beatles drummer and vocalist Ringo Starr.

This will be The All Starr Band’s fourth date of their North American tour, which started not long after recently wrapping up their European tour. The group has been touring for more than two decades, originally forming in 1989. 

Starr has led 13 different variations of the band, members comprised of rotating stars who hail from other well-known bands.

The current version of the band includes Gregg Bissonette, Graham Gouldman from 10cc, Warren Ham from AD and Kansas, Colin Hay from Men at Work, Steve Lukather from Toto, and Gregg Rolie from Santana and Journey. The concept of the rock supergroup is credited to producer David Fishof.

The All Starr Band does not release any original work as a group but instead focuses on showcasing the work of each individual member. However, every few years, they release a live album, usually when a new All Starr Band is formed. Their latest album of this series is “Ringo at the Ryman,” the DVD from their 2013 tour.

Starr, who was awarded a solo knighthood by Queen Elizabeth in January, released his 19th studio album in September of the previous year under Universal Music Enterprises. The album, called “Give More Love,” is currently being promoted on the All Starr Band’s tour. 

The album features Starr’s former Beatles bandmate, Paul McCartney, along with former and current members of the All Starr Band. The album contains new original music by Starr and re-recordings of previously released songs such as “Photograph” and “Back Off Boogaloo,” which was Starr’s highest-charting single in the United Kingdom.

The album, “Give More Love,” shows off Starr’s minimalist rock style with hints of country and folk-indie influence. The songs reflect Starr’s roots as they are reminiscent of his earlier days in the way he strips things back to lighthearted tunes that carry those 60s and 70s peace and love vibes. Starr’s music in the album is playful and open-hearted, yet it definitely still carries a feeling of rockabilly swagger.

All-Starr Band concerts typically have setlists that expose the band as a whole. Starr performs songs from both his solo career and his years with the Beatles, then each band member takes turns performing their hits throughout the years as well. The band functions well, as each member gets their time to shine in the spotlight, rotating through the songs that end up being played.

According to Iowa State Center Executive Director Tammy Koolbeck, they are no less than thrilled to be having the band perform at Stephens.

“I think it’s going to be fabulous to have a Beatle at Stephens along with all the rest of all the great musicians in the band. We’ve had a few Beatle tribute bands on stage, but this will be our first real Beatle and we’re very excited. I think that everyone is going to really enjoy themselves,” she said.

Koolbeck credits the ability of securing the big act to the work they do with the Mammoth Screen production company.

“We’ve done a lot of shows for them and they like our building,” Koolbeck said. “They were looking for somewhere that would work for the band routing wise. And because they’ve had good experiences with us and know that we can take care of big acts like Mr. Starr, it really helped.”

Stephens Auditorium’s last big act was Bob Dylan who played in October of the previous year.

Tickets for the show start at $69.50 and are available at Stephens Auditorium’s box office, online at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.

According to Koolbeck, there are around a hundred seats left since the release of some production holds opened up 30 to 40 seats in the first ten rows. The north doors on the ground floor, south east and south west doors will all open at 7 p.m. and the show will start at 8 p.m. Stadium rules apply, there will be no food or drink allowed inside. There will also be bag checks and security will be using metal detector wands.