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Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band bring peace and love to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on June 14

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band bring peace and love to Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on June 14
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From a press release:

Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band – featuring Todd Rundgren, Gregg Rolie, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Warren Ham, and Gregg Bissonette – announce another string of North American shows, including a stop at the F.M. Kirby Center in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, June 14 at 7:30 p.m.

The concert marks the first event in the Kirby Center’s new PNC Celebrity Series.

Tickets, which are $85, $125, and $165, plus fees, go on sale this Friday, April 1 at 10 a.m. and will be available at the Kirby Center box office (71 Public Square, Wilkes-Barre), online at, and by phone at 570-826-1100. A special Kirby Member pre-sale will begin this Wednesday, March 30 at 10 a.m. Members buy first, so join today at 570-823-4599, ext. 225.

The tour kicks off on June 3 in Syracuse, New York and wraps up with two dates in California, July 1 in San Diego and July 2 in Los Angeles. This current All Starr lineup is the 12th and longest running, and as Ringo Starr recently told The Boston Globe, “I love this band – we have a lot of fun together on and offstage, so here we come again.”

That love is evident in their performances, exemplified by this review in the Sarasota Tribune-Herald: “This latest incarnation of Starr’s travelling show has been together now going on three years, and watching them interact as an actual band, rather than a supergroup taking turns out front, is almost as fun, almost, as watching and screaming, “I love you!” at the frontman who will forever be part of the biggest rock ‘n’ roll band of all time.”

“Ultimately, what’s most impressive about Ringo Starr isn’t what he’s been, but rather who he is,” wrote Rolling Stone rock critic David Wild. “The man’s great heart and soul, his wit and wisdom.” Indeed, his music has always emanated from his warmth, humor, and exceptional skill, manifesting in songs we know and love: “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Don’t Pass Me By,” “Octopus’ Garden,” “Photograph,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Back Off Boogaloo,” “You’re Sixteen (You’re Beautiful and You’re Mine),” “Don’t Go Where the Road Don’t Go,” “The No No Song,” and “Never Without You,” to name a few.

Since beginning his career with The Beatles in the 1960s, Starr has been one of the world’s brightest musical luminaries. He has enjoyed a successful, dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter, drummer, collaborator, and producer, releasing 18 solo studio albums to date. He is also an acclaimed actor, appearing in over 15 films. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk, and rock ‘n’ roll, he continues to play an important recording, touring, and unofficial mentoring role in modern music.

For all his many creative successes, Starr is and always will be first and foremost a musician, a drummer. His candor, wit, and soul are the lifeblood of his music. As he sang on the autobiographical “Liverpool 8,” “I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat.” Peace and love are his life’s rhythm and melody, and he propels this universal message in everything he does: his evocative artwork, his enthused live performances, his legendary songs, all imbued with the joy, reflection, and wisdom of the music icon the world knows and loves simply as “Ringo.”