A Beatle in the Berkshires: Ringo Starr to perform at Tanglewood in June

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LENOX — Although Tanglewood has hosted many rock, pop and jazz superstars since the late 1960s, it's never had a Beatle grace the stage.

But that will change on June 19, when Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band will appear as part of his 80th birthday celebration tour.

The tour also is in support of his 20th studio album, "What's My Name," and marks the 30th anniversary of his All Starr Band.

It was announced Monday on Starr's website and was picked up by multiple music websites. The tour also includes a show at Boston's Boch Centre-Wang Theatre on June 10.

The Boston Symphony Orchestra confirmed the booking in a message to The Eagle on Wednesday. Tickets will go on sale Feb. 9. The 2020 Tanglewood summer season will be announced on Nov. 21.

Ticket sales for the rest of the Starr tour begin at 10 a.m. Nov. 13 through Ticketmaster. In addition to the Boston booking, Starr will perform at New York's famed Beacon Theater.

The album's title track is described as "a rousing anthem written by a returning All Starr Band member, Colin Hay, based on a familiar chant from Ringo's live shows." The recording is "the latest in a series of heartfelt and homespun records that Starr has produced in his home studio and a distinguished, ever-changing yet often repeating cast of musical characters and friends playing along with Ringo," according to his website.

Those friends include Paul McCartney, Joe Walsh, Edgar Winter and Dave Stewart, among others. The current band includes Hay, Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham, Gregg Bissonette and Hamish Stuart.

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Starr has also just released "Another Day In The Life," the third in his series of books with Genesis Publications, following "Postcards From The Boys" (2003) and "Photograph" (2013). The new book features previously unpublished collection of his photographs, captioned with his own thoughts and anecdotes.

Last Saturday, Mayor John Mirisch of Beverly Hills, Calif., welcomed Sir Richard Starkey — Starkey is Starr's birth name — and Lady Starkey, joined by family and friends, at the dedication of Starr's "Peace & Love" sculpture at its permanent installation in the Beverly Hills Garden Park.

Standing 8 feet tall and weighing nearly 1,500 pounds, the polished stainless steel sculpture replicates the hand gesture Starr adopted in 1969. "Peace & Love" is a mantra that has become synonymous with Starr's name, and he has dedicated his birthday, July 7, toward spreading that message.

As the drummer for the Beatles from 1962 until the band broke up in 1970, Starr typically sang a lead vocal, one song per album, including "With a Little Help from My Friends," "Yellow Submarine," "Good Night," "Boys" and the group's cover of "Act Naturally."

He also wrote and sang several Beatles tracks, including "Don't Pass Me By" and "Octopus's Garden," and is credited as a co-writer of others, including "What Goes On."

Starr appeared in Beatles films and released several top-selling singles after the group broke up, including "It Don't Come Easy," "Photograph" and "You're Sixteen." Since 1989, he has toured with 13 combinations of Ringo Starr & His All Starr Band.

In 2011, Rolling Stone readers named Starr the fifth-greatest drummer of all time. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a Beatle in 1988, and re-inducted for his solo career in 2015, making him one of 21 performers so honored more than once.

According to music industry sources, he is the richest drummer in the world with a net worth of $350 million.


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