Get ready, Binghamton, for a Beatle-sized blast of peace and love.
Former Fab Four drummer Sir Ringo Starr will bring his All-Starr Band to the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Sept. 18, Endicott-based Magic City Productions announced Monday. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. Friday.
“It’s an amazing coup for me to get him here in Binghamton,” said Magic City promoter Stu Green, who has booked concerts with Starr in the past elsewhere in upstate New York. “It worked out pretty perfectly, so I was able to get it.”
Playing in the 2018 All-Starr lineup are Colin Hay of Men at Work, Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey, and Graham Gouldman of 10cc. On percussion and sax is Warren Ham, with Gregg Bissonette on drums. The tour did two warmup shows in Atlantic City earlier this month before heading off for a European tour.
Starr, 77, performed behind the drumkit for rock ‘n’ roll’s best-known act alongside Paul McCartney, George Harrison and John Lennon from 1962 to the Beatles’ breakup in 1970. He won over fans with his laid-back personality and drumming style, and he occasionally stepped up to lead vocals with songs like “With a Little Help from My Friends,” “Octopus’s Garden” and “Yellow Submarine.”
Since 1970, Starr (born Richard Starkey) has released 19 solo albums that draw inspiration from classic blues, soul, country, honky-tonk and rock; the latest is 2017’s “Give More Love.” Among his solo hits in the U.S. are “It Don’t Come Easy,” “Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen,” “No No Song” and “Snookeroo.”
The All-Starr Band, a concept created in 1989 by producer David Fishof, brings together a lineup of rock musicians to form a “supergroup” that plays not only tunes by the Beatles and Starr but also their own hits. Thirteen incarnations of the band have toured over the past three decades.
In a press release about the 2018 tour, Starr said, “There is no greater joy for me than playing great music with great musicians. Every night we get to play for all those loving people, and it makes the hassle of touring worth it. It is a peace and love fest, and I can’t wait to see you all out there this summer and fall.”
Knighted in March by Queen Elizabeth — 21 years after McCartney received the honor — Starr told the BBC that the new title “means a lot, actually. It means recognition for the things we’ve done. I was really pleased to accept this.”
He joked that he knew exactly what he’d do with his medal: “I’ll be wearing it at breakfast.”
If you go
What: Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band
When: 7:30 p.m. Sept. 18
Where: Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena, 1 Stuart St., Binghamton
Tickets: $39.50 to $100; on sale at 10 a.m. Friday at the Arena box office, ticketmaster.com or by calling 800-745-3000.
More information: ringostarr.com; broomearenaforum.com