Ringo Starr Announces All-Starr Band Tour Dates In Support Of 'Ringo 2012'
His days of drumming for The Beatles are long behind him, but Ringo Starr has adopted a new hobby over the past two decades: Bringing musicians together and going on tour with them.
Starr has announced the lineup and summer tour dates for this year's All Starr Band, which will feature Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie (of Santana fame), Steve Lukather (Toto), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), saxophonist Mark Rivera and drummer Gregg Bissonette.
The tour, in support of Starr's new album Ringo 2012, will begin on June 14 in Niagara Falls and end on July 21 in Los Angeles.
Although fellow former Beatles member Paul McCartney's album Kisses On The Bottom hit stores on Tuesday, Starr insists their solo careers are hardly competitive.
"In all honesty, we had dinner just after Christmas together and I didn't know he had [an album] coming out," Starr told Spinner. "I didn't know that it was going to come out within weeks of each other. No, there's no rivalry. Paul is Paul, Ringo is Ringo and this is what we do. We don't phone each other and say, 'You can't bring your record out because I've got one!' We live our lives, we make our music and pick a release date. This is the date we picked and that's just how it is."
McCartney, for his part, is booked to perform for the Queen of England on a ticket that includes Elton John, Tom Jones and many more high profile acts.
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