Today's Tickets @ 2 Song: "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar

The thirteenth incarnation of Ringo Starr‘s All Starr Band concluded their Summer tour with, as the Beatles‘ classic goes, “a little help from my friends.” The Lennon/McCartney penned tune was the closing number for Ringo’s final show on Saturday (July 21) and joining him on stage was friend and former All-Starr Band members Joe Walsh, Peter Frampton and Gary Wright, as well as Jeff Lynne and Monkee  Micky Dolenz .

Though many accomplished musicians accompany Starr on stage, the spotlight is never off of the affable legend for long, even if it means poking fun at his own songwriting. “When I wrote those words, ‘You were in a car crash/And you lost your hair,'” Starr said in reference to “Don’t Pass Me By,” his first solo composition with the Beatles, “I thought, ‘Watch out, Lennon and McCartney!'” Ringo’s star-studded rendition of “With a Little Help from My Friends” capped a two-hour show which had people on their feet instead of in their seats for most of the night.

Joe Walsh  played in the first two All-Starr Bands (as well as Starr’s short lived late-’90s backing band, The Roundheads), and these days, is Ringo’s brother-in-law.  He says that the first All-Starr Band was one of the greatest groups he’s ever played in.  The second All-Starr Band, which featured fellow Eagle Timothy B. Schmit, was a great experience as well. And as huge of an experience as playing with Ringo was, being a part of the Starr family is even more of an eye-opener.

Joe Walsh is currently touring for his latest solo album Analog Man (which features Ringo guesting).  His other band — The Eagles — have two dates coming up September 1 and 2 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. 

– E.J. Judge, WCBSFM New York and Brian Ives CBS Local

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