The amiable charmer who put the beat in Beatles, Ringo not only was the invaluable timekeeper for the Fab Four, his personality immeasurably enriched the lads' irreverent magic. His post-Beatles solo career, while erratic, has included a string of nuggets that have been hardly earthshaking but entirely likeable, indicating an acute pop sense residing in his Liverpudlian heart. As on last winter's Liverpool 8 (Capitol), Ringo (who co-wrote all the tunes) does some reminiscing, reaffirms his belief in peace and love, and peppers the tracks with subtle Beatlesisms, all with the assistance of Eurhythmic Dave Stewart. Meanwhile, the 10th version of Ringo's All-Starr Band is out this summer, promising highlights from his solo years as well as the Beatles songs he sang, plus a nugget or two from each All-Starr. In truth, the band could be a bit more stellarr; it consists of artists with middling talent who still managed the odd hit or three. Returning All-Starrs include guitarist Billy Squier, Colin Hay from Men at Work, Hamish Stuart from the Average White Band, and Edgar Winter. New this year are former Spooky Tooth keyboardist Gary Wright, who had a solo hit with "Dream Weaver," and super session drummer Gregg Bissonette, who'll spell Ringo on the skins when he's singing lead. No matter what kind of friends Ringo's getting a little help from these days, this is a visit from a genuine Beatle, and you know you should be glad, yeah, yeah, yeah.
Mon., July 14, 7:30 p.m., 2008