Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
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Todd Rundgren (guitar, harmonica, bass, percussion, vocals) was an original “Allstar” and also played in the second year and fifth year band. I saw him with The New Cars quite a few times and consider him one of the best replacements of any band. I wish The New Cars were still around. We’ll get 3 songs from Todd tonight- “I Saw the Light”, “Bang the Drum All Day”, and “Love Is the Answer” (Utopia).
Returning from last year’s band is Richard Page (from Mr. Mister on bass, guitar, vocals). Last year, I came across his album with Third Matinee- it’s phenomenal (I highly recommend this CD). In many ways, it does kind of pick up where Kevin Gilbert left off. He’ll sing/ play “Broken Wings”, “Kyrie”, and “You Are Mine”.
Two great additions are Steve Lukather (guitar, vocals) and Gregg Rolie on keyboards and vocals . Steve is a monster on the guitar and I honestly had no idea Gregg Rolie was still around, but cool- he was in the original Journey and Santana! “Africa”, “Hold the Line”, “Everybody’s Everything” (Santana) and “Black Magic Woman” (Fleetwood Mac) are easily 4 of the best songs in the set.
Gregg Bissonette (drums, vocals) has been a member since 2008. I saw Gregg play for David Lee Roth a long time ago and again recently at The House of Blues and he is definitely one of the best. His drumming on the live ELO DVD is incredible. I never should have loaned that out- I haven’t seen it since.
Mark Rivera – saxophone, percussion, vocals, has played in almost every Allstar band since the third installment in 1995 and has been in Billy Joel’s band since 1982. He also did the some of the horn sections for Peter Gabriel’s “So” album- he’s responsible for the huge punchy sound of “Sledgehammer” and “Big Time”.
The show started around 8PM and opened with “Matchbox” by Carl Perkins and later on, a few covers, which will served as beer and bathroom breaks- “Boys” by The Shirelles cover and “Act Naturally” by Buck Owens.
And, surprise- there are quite a few songs by Ringo and the Beatles- “Don’t Pass Me By”, “Yellow Submarine”, “Anthem”, “I’m the Greatest”, “It Don’t Come Easy”, “With a Little Help from My Friends”, “Photograph”, and “Give Peace a Chance”.
Ringo sang and occasionally played drums. Every song was a lot of fun and it truly was an incredible show!
There were SO many special guests- from Joe Walsh to Edgar Winter to Jeff Lynne to Matt Sorum and more, this show completely rocked.