Ringo Starr, the British pop icon and former Beatle, brings a taste of Liverpool to the Reno Ballroom. Starr touts his latest album “Liverpool 8” on his whirlwind summer tour hitting The Biggest Little City July 25 at 8pm.
On January 15, 2008, Starr released “Liverpool 8,” his first new album with Capitol/EMI since 1974's “Goodnight Vienna.” After decades of writing music and lyrics to award-winning albums, Starr continues his artistic journey, co-writing all of the 12 original tracks on Liverpool 8. “The writing of the records is always the same," Ringo explains. "It's the same group of guys and we all sit together and write about what's happening."
Starr adds that as time goes on there is more and more of his personality in his music; his candor, wit and soul are evident in the lyrics and the heartbeat of every song on “Liverpool 8.” In one song, Starr belts, “I always followed my heart and I never missed a beat.” Peace and love are Ringo Starr's primary life messages and “Liverpool 8” propels this universal mantra in each of its evocative songs; imbued with joy, insight, reflection and wisdom from the music icon the world knows and loves simply as 'Ringo.'
Starr’s music, both as a solo artist and as a Beatle, transcends time, trends and style. His exceptional musicianship and classic performances bring fans songs they all know and love, including "With A Little Help From My Friends," "Don't Pass Me By," "Photograph," "It Don't Come Easy," "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."
In a career spanning nearly five decades, the former Beatle has enjoyed a successful and dynamic solo career as a singer, songwriter, drummer, musical collaborator and actor. Drawing inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock 'n' roll, Starr continues to play an important role in modern music.
In 1970, Starr released his first solo record entitled “Sentimental Journey,” a sentimental record capturing the music he grew up with. Starr's passion for creating music continued to propel him forward, and in 1971 he began his unprecedented run as the first solo Beatle to score seven consecutive Top 10 singles, starting with the release of "It Don't Come Easy," with a B-side of "Early 1970," followed by his second hit single, "Back Off Boogaloo"/"Blindman" in 1972. In 1973, Starr released his self-titled smash hit “Ringo,” yielding three Top 10 singles, including the #1 hits "Photograph"/"Down and Out" and "You're Sixteen (You're Beautiful And You're Mine)"/"Devil Woman."
In 1981, Starr recorded his most critically acclaimed record since “Ringo,” “Stop and Smell the Roses,” later followed by a hits collection, “Starr Struck: The Best Of Ringo Starr, Vol. 2,” in 1989.
Starr released some of the best records of his career in the 1990s, finding consistent success touring with his revolving All Starr Band. The tour met with great success, producing Starr's first live album, “Ringo and His All Starr Band,” released in 1990. "I've said this over and over again, but I love being in a band," says Starr. After several incarnations of Starr’s All Starr Band, the icon celebrated more than a decade of All Starr tours with the release of “Ringo and His All Starr Band: The Anthology, So FarÉ.”
Starr brings his show to the Reno Ballroom Friday, July 25 at 8pm. Tickets can be purchased by phone at 888-288-1833 and online at downtownreno.com or ticketmaster.com. Tickets are also available at Circus Circus’ Main Cashier’s Cage, the Eldorado Showroom Box Office and Silver Legacy’s Box Office. Ticket prices are $95, $80, $70 and $50.
Ringo Starr at the Reno Ballroom is part of the 13th annual Artown festival, July 1 – 31, 2008. The month-long summer arts festival features more than 350 events produced by more than 100 cultural organizations and businesses in locations citywide, with major funding provided by the City of Reno.