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Ringo returns in triumph to Liverpool on 18th June 2011

After many years, Ringo Starr returned to perform in Liverpool on Saturday night, and took the Empire Theatre by storm. This was my first outing to see him with his All Starr Band, and they never let anyone down.

Ringo chose some big names to accompany him - Gary Wright (right), who has worked with Ringo and written with George, performed his huge US hit “Dream Weaver”: Rick Derringer sang his McCoys’ hit “Hang on Sloopy”: Richard Page (left), former frontman of Mister Mister sang the worldwide hits “Kyrie Eleison” and “Broken Wings”: Wally Palmer and Edgar Winters sang from their own repertoire, but all eyes were on the man who used to play the drums with “another group I was in”.

Ringo was on excellent form, and I have to say that I think he sounds better now than he did on the Beatles’ records! Having annoyed many Liverpudlians with his mistimed quote on BBC TV that he didn’t miss anything about Liverpool, he took this opportunity to say several times that he loves Liverpool: though his memory of Liverpool was summed up in “The Other Side of Liverpool”, which had his memories of a cold and damp place, where he had to go to Steble Street to take a bath (the public washhouse in The Dingle).

It was a great return, and a great night all round: singing Yellow Submarine with thousands of scousers was great fun, and he obviously enjoyed it too.  

How long before he returns? Hopefully not too long!

Dave