Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band | May 22, 2024 | The Venetian | Las Vegas, NV – Concert Review & Photo Gallery

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Review & Photos by Joe Schaeffer

In the heart of Las Vegas, the Venetian was abuzz with anticipation as fans of all ages gathered to witness a musical legend — Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band. Tonight’s show kicked off a six-night residency at the hotel (as well as a Spring tour), so there was a real sense of excitement in the air.

Hitting their marks, the ensemble opened with the Carl Perkins classic “Matchbox,” setting the tone for an evening that was as much about classic rock as it was a showcase of Starr’s charisma and talent. The setlist was a carefully curated mix of Starr’s solo hits, Beatles favorites, covers, and songs associated with the members of His All-Starr Band.

Ringo, ever the showman, was in his element. His voice, seasoned yet spirited, carried each song with the comfort and familiarity of an old friend. The crowd couldn’t help but sing along to “Yellow Submarine” and “With A Little Help From My Friends,” songs that have become anthems across generations.

The band, a rotating group of rock veterans, brought their A-game. The lineup for the 2024 Spring tour includes Ringo, Colin Hay (Men at Work), Hamish Stuart (Average White Band), Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth), Steve Lukather (Toto), and Warren Ham (Kansas, Toto). Unfortunately, Edgar Winter was unable to perform this evening and will no doubt rejoin the band soon. Together, the players’ musicianship was impeccable, with each artist bringing their own unique flavor to the stage yet harmonizing and playing seamlessly with the others.

Highlights from the night include Colin Hay leading the charge on Men at Work hits like “Overkill,” “Down Under,” and “Who Can It Be Now?.” Lukather represented Toto’s “Rosanna,” “Africa,” and “Hold The Line.” And all eyes were on Hamish Stuart during the Average White Band instrumental, “Pick Up The Pieces.”

The Venetian Theatre, with its intimate setting, provided the perfect backdrop for this musical journey. The acoustics were spot-on, allowing each instrument to resonate clearly, from the jangle of the guitar to the distinctive beat of Ringo’s drums. It was a night where music was the star, and the audience was treated to a sonic experience that was both grand and personal.

As the night wound down with “Photograph,” it served as a poignant reminder of the passage of time, coupled with a collective sense of gratitude. Gratitude for the music that has soundtracked our lives, for the memories rekindled, and for the chance to see a Beatle, who at the ripe age of 83, is still passionate, still playing, and still bringing joy to the world.

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band’s performance at the Venetian was more than just a concert; it was a celebration of a storied career, a gathering of friends, and testament to the idea that some stars do indeed shine forever.

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