Sunday, November 13, 2016

Classic Hits Night with Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

The Beatles are an endangered species. Only 2 members of the Fab Four survive today. Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are the only two members of the band who actively perform their own hits as well as those they made as a member of The Beatles.

After being a Beatles fan for more than 50 years, I finally got to see one of them perform live. Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, consisting of a roster of highly talented musicians entertained an appreciative crowd at the Blaisdell Center Arena in Honolulu on November 8, 2016.

Ringo and his band ground through 25 classic rock and pop hits that spanned the decades of the 1960s to the 80s. Band members Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (of Toto), Greg Rolie (of Santana & Journey), Richard Page (Mr. Mister), Warren Ham and Greg Bisonnette shared the spotlight with Ringo as they performed individual hits.

Cover songs like "Black Magic Woman," "Hold the Line", "Bang the Drum All Day" and "Kyrie" were one of many audience favorites that for the most part were just about dead on accurate to their original hit records.

Of course no one can deny Ringo, who belted several of his Beatles and solo hits including "Matchbox", "It Don't Come Easy," "What Goes On," and "Boys" to name a few. Audience members sang along with "Yellow Submarine" and appreciated Ringo's two #1 hits, "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen."

The rousing "Back of Boogaloo", "Don't Pass Me By" from The Beatles White Album and Buck Owens' country hit, "Act Naturally" were highly appreciated. Ringo took turns singing his vocal set stage front as well as behind the drum kit on several hits. He is the world's most famous drummer and he did well on the skins covering the hit songs by his touring bandmates.

Second drummer Greg Bisonnette filled in on sets where Ringo was stage front as well as delivering solid sets with guitarists Rundgren, Lukathar and Page. Rolie was extremely competent with the keyboards.

Overall it was a great night for classic rock with every song being an audience favorite.

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band

More Concert Photos from Mel's Flickr Page

RINGO STARR & HIS ALL STAR BAND
November 8, 2016
Concert Set List - Neil S. Blaisdell Center, Honolulu, HI.

1. Matchbox
(Carl Perkins cover / The Beatles) - Ringo on vocals, drums

2. It Don't Come Easy
(Ringo Starr song) - Ringo's Top 10 hit from 1971.

3. What Goes On
(The Beatles cover) - From the Beatles album "Rubber Soul".

4. I Saw the Light
(Todd Rundgren cover) - 1972 Top 40 hit

5. Evil Ways
(Willie Bobo / Santana cover) - Greg Rollie

6. Rosanna
(Toto cover) - 1982 hit

7. Kyrie
(Mr. Mister cover)

8. Bang the Drum All Day
(Utopia cover) - Todd Rundgren

9. Boys
(The Shirelles / The Beatles cover) -Ringo

10. Don't Pass Me By
(The Beatles cover) - Ringo

11. Yellow Submarine
(The Beatles cover) - Ringo

12. Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
(Santana cover; originally by Fleetwood Mac / Peter Green)

13. You're Sixteen
(Johnny Burnette cover) - Ringo #1 hit 1974

14. Back Off Boogaloo
(Ringo Starr song) - Ringo

15. You Are Mine
(Richard Page cover)

16. Africa
(Toto cover) - 1982 Top 10 hit

17. Oye como va
(Tito Puente / Santana hit cover) - Greg Rollie

18. I Wanna Be Your Man
(The Beatles cover)

19. Love Is the Answer
(Utopia cover / England Dan & John Ford Coley hit) - Todd Rundgren

20. Broken Wings
(Mr. Mister cover)

21. Hold the Line
(Toto cover) - 1978 hit

22. Photograph
(Ringo Starr song / #1 hit in 1973)

23. Act Naturally
(Buck Owens cover / Beatles B Side to "Yesterday")

24. With a Little Help From My Friends
(The Beatles cover)

25. Give Peace a Chance
(Plastic Ono Band cover)

Thanks to Daniel for the ticket.

Review in StarAdvertiser.com




Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - July 21, 2016.



Mel's Weekly Top 20
Updated July 21, 2016.

Rank - Song Title - Artist - P.R.

1. Spirits - The Strumbellas - 1
2. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele - 4
3. Handclap - Fitz & the Tantrums - 2
4. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes - 5
5. Me Too - Meghan Trainor - 6
6. All We Ever Knew - The Head And The Heart - 7
7. Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake - 3
8. Must Be Summertime - Kate Voegele - 10
9. Brazil - Declan McKenna - 9
10. You Bring the Summer - The Monkees - 8
11. Gentleman - Will Jay - 11
12. Radar - AudioDamn! - 12
13. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony - 14
14. So Alive - Goo Goo Dolls - 16
15. Good Girls - Elle King - 17
16. Shell (Find a Better Way) - Gregory Darling - 19
17. Lemonade (featuring Mike Posner) - Adam Friedman - 20
18. Ophelia - The Lumineers - 13
19. Rise - Katy Perry - new
20. Anyone Who Knows Me - Eric Hutchinson - new

Mel's Weekly Top 20 Webpage
http://macpro.freeshell.org/music/WTop20.html

Mel's Internet Universe Music Blog
http://macprohawaii-music.blogspot.com/

Radio M.I.U. - Whatever Goes!
https://8tracks.com/macpro

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Video Showcase: Noah and the Whale



One of those songs that I missed a few years ago. From 2013 this is Noah and the Whale with their single "Lifetime". Two years after this came out the band split up.

My favorite songs by Noah and the Whale:

1. Tonight's the Kind of Night
2. There Will Come a Time
3. Lifetime
4. Five Years Time
5. Life Goes On

Noah and the Whale's Video Channel


Friday, July 8, 2016

Mel's Weekly Top 20 - July 6 Update



Mel's Weekly Top 20
Updated of July 6, 2016.

Rank - Song Title - Artist - P.R.

1. Handclap - Fitz & the Tantrums - 1
2. Spirits - The Strumbellas - 2
3. Can't Stop The Feeling - Justin Timberlake - 3
4. Treat You Better - Shawn Mendes - 8
5. Send My Love (To Your New Lover) - Adele - 9
6. Brazil - Declan McKenna - 4
7. Ophelia - The Lumineers - 6
8. Unsteady - X Ambassadors - 5
9. All We Ever Knew - The Head And The Heart - 19
10. You Bring the Summer - The Monkees - 10
11. Me Too - Meghan Trainor - 18
12. Must Be Summertime - Kate Voegele - 17
13. Gentleman - Will Jay - 13
14. Born to the Stars - Marina V - 12
15. Radar - AudioDamn! - 14
16. Fire and the Flood - Vance Joy - 7
17. Work From Home - Fifth Harmony - 20
18. You & Me - The Hunna - 11
19. So Alive - Goo Goo Dolls - new
20. Good Girls - Elle King - new

Mel's Weekly Top 20 Webpage
macpro.freeshell.org/music/WTop20.html

Mel's Internet Universe Music Blog
macprohawaii-music.blogspot.com/

Radio M.I.U. - Whatever Goes!
8tracks.com/macpro

Video of the Week
The Monkees - You Bring the Summer

Sunday, July 3, 2016

While My Guitar Gently Weeps



The BeatlesApple Corps. & Cirque du Soleil have released this new video of the famous George Harrison song “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”.

The video is laid an acoustic arrangement of the Harrison song with most of the original instrumentation and vocals by the other Beatles left out. In 2006, producer George Martin added in a new string section to make this rock tune sound mostly like a light piece of classical music. The track was used as part of Cirque de Soleil's Beatles Las Vegas show and included with the Fab Four's "Love" album.

The end result is a beautiful ethereal piece that rivals Paul McCartney’s “Eleanor Rigby” and other light orchestral works.

The video itself features one of the dancers from Cirque du Soleil which celebrates their 10th year as a Beatles Las Vegas attraction.

The original version of "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" first appeared on The Beatles "White Album" in 1968. It has been recorded by many other artists since.