“Ringo Starr” Live (DVD)

       In this amazing event, “Ringo Starr” of “Beatle” fame plays the best of “Ringo” to a sold out crowd at the historic Genesee Theatre in Waukegan, Illinois. Performing “Beatle” classics and “Ringo” tunes with his backup band “The Roundheads”, he easily glides in and out of his career with and without the fab four chronicles in a surging repertoire of favorites.

       A blast from the past is what tonight is all about, and everyone is a willing participant, remembering the days of “It Don’t Come Easy”, “Photograph”, and “Back off Boogaloo” turns this memory lane into an audience singalong.

       Those reminiscent “Beatle” days set off a fire that no one could extinguish, and it looked the same here. Those melodramatic screams still resounded through the venue once “Ringo” poured himself into the lyrically enchanting “Octopus’s Garden”, the seriously uptempo “I Wanna Be Your Man”, and “Act Naturally” (which he always does). The national anthem of the evening, “Yellow Submarine” brought everyone to their feet with a rousing choral accompaniment rivaling any choir.

       “Unexpected goodies were “Who Can it be Now” (with special guest Colin Hay of “Men At Work” fame), and the ringmaster himself, letting his fingers work the piano during “Don’t Pass Me By”, another singalong tune enthusiastically received.

       With more songs adding to this night of nostalgia, “Ringo” shows us with a little help from his friends, (yes, that’s on here too) his lighthearted, good-natured self in true form both musically, and with his smiling heart.