Two months and a day after legendary Beatles drummer Ringo Starr blows out the 78 candles on is birthday cake, he’ll take the stage for his first Milwaukee gig since he appeared at the Riverside in 2015 as part of the 12th All Starr Band tour.
Though the Milwaukee stop is listed as Sept. 8 on the U.S. leg of Starr’s lengthy 2018 All Starr Band tour, which kicks off at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa on Sept. 1, the venue is not listed.
A source here said an announcement of the venue – which is a stage upon which Starr has not previously performed – is forthcoming.
This time around, Starr’s band includes Colin Hay (Men at Work), Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana, Journey) and new member Graham Gouldman of (10cc). On percussion and sax is Warren Ham and on drums Gregg Bissonette.
As always, the show will be a mix of songs by the Beatles, from Starr’s solo records and All Starr Band members’ performing some of their own hits.
"There is no greater joy for me than playing great music with great musicians," Starr said in the tour release. "Every night we get to play for all those loving people and it makes the hassle of touring worth it. It is a Peace & Love fest and I can’t wait to see you all out there this summer and fall."
A 21-date European tour takes place in June and July, with the 20-date U.S. tour filling the September calendar.
Starr’s most recent record, "Give More Love," was his 19th studio set and arrived last September, just two months before Ringo was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II. Starr also went to Buckingham Palace with the Fab Four in 1965 to receive the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) medal from Her Majesty.
Starr is also in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice: once as a Beatle and once for his own work.
Watch OnMilwaukee for the venue announcement in a few weeks.
Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., where he lived until he was 17, Bobby received his BA-Mass Communications from UWM in 1989 and has lived in Walker's Point, Bay View, Enderis Park, South Milwaukee and on the East Side.
He has published three non-fiction books in Italy – including one about an event in Milwaukee history, which was published in the U.S. in autumn 2010. Four more books, all about Milwaukee, have been published by The History Press.
With his most recent band, The Yell Leaders, Bobby released four LPs and had a songs featured in episodes of TV's "Party of Five" and "Dawson's Creek," and films in Japan, South America and the U.S. The Yell Leaders were named the best unsigned band in their region by VH-1 as part of its Rock Across America 1998 Tour. Most recently, the band contributed tracks to a UK vinyl/CD tribute to the Redskins and collaborated on a track with Italian novelist Enrico Remmert.
He's produced three installments of the "OMCD" series of local music compilations for OnMilwaukee.com and in 2007 produced a CD of Italian music and poetry.
In 2005, he was awarded the City of Asti's (Italy) Journalism Prize for his work focusing on that area.
He can be heard weekly on 88Nine Radio Milwaukee talking about his "Urban Spelunking" series of stories.