Most were spending their valentine’s day with their significant while others were maybe trying to avoid red and pink heart coated anything… I was doing neither. I was going to spend my valentine’s day seeing Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band in my small hometown of Tyler, Texas.
Last night’s show at the Cowan Center at UT Tyler was extremely surreal. Saying I’m a long time fan would be an understatement, I may or may not have the memorabilia to prove it.. It may consist of lots of Beatles books and of course, Beatles vinyl and solo work vinyl to prove it. My best friends and family can attest to that…
It was a sold out show, not an empty seat in the house. Beatlemaniacs and Ringo lovers of all ages came in from all over, while queuing, I overheard people came to Tyler from Indianapolis, Dallas, Fort Worth, Louisiana, and many other cities/states. We were all brought together for a night of good music from a legendary artist.
The mood of the venue was joyous, it was one of the most laid back concerts I’ve ever been to but make no mistake about it.. The energy of the room was palpable, it was all about love and of course peace. The stage certainly was the perfect accent piece of the night. Trippy yet ethereal lights and iconic peace signs were the perfect backdrop for the celestial mood. The setting was absolutely beautiful, covered with dazzling and glowing stars. The crowd was full of life and everyone was ready to be taken on a nostalgic journey with the nights soundtrack of hits that not only included Ringo’s solo work and the Beatles but also Todd Rundgren, Santana, Toto, and Mr. Mister’s best hits.
Aside from being an all seated venue, the crowd was dynamic. Plenty of cheering and dancing from both the All Starr Band and from the concert goers. Ringo classics were performed like It Don’t Come Easy, Photograph, and Anthem.
Santana hits like Evil Ways, Oye Como Va, and Black Magic Woman were also performed. As were Todd Rundgren hits like Bang the Drum All Day, Hello It’s Me, and I Saw the Light. Can’t forget Toto hits like Africa, Rosanna, and Hold the Line. Then of course, we can’t forget the Mr. Mister hits like Broken Wings, Kyrie, they even performed a beautiful new song that Richard Page is working on.
Of course the Beatles hits were performed, Boys (The Shirelles cover), Don’t Pass Me By, Yellow Submarine, Honey Don’t (Carl Perkins cover), I Wanna Be Your Man, Act Naturally (Buck Owens cover), and With a Little Help From My Friends. The night ended on a high note, a cover of The Plastic Ono Band’s Give Peace a Chance which brought everyone together. Fans of all ages gathered together on barricade, swaying back and forth with our hands in a unison of peace signs.
It was truly an unforgettable night, I never imagined I’d see one of my favorites live and especially never imagined a legendary Beatle in my hometown but Ringo Starr and his All Starr band are not to be missed.
They are touring all over, so be sure not to miss out on their show.. Whether your in your twenties or previously lived through the British invasion, it’s a show that everyone will absolutely adore.