Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band to perform at State Farm Center in August


Kenyon Edmond

The State Farm Center, located at 1800 S. First St. in Champaign, will be home to performance of Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band on August 20.

By Eunice Alpasan, Staff writer

The former drummer of The Beatles Ringo Starr will be performing with his band at the State Farm Center on Aug. 20. 

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band will make a stop in Champaign as part of a 2019 tour which marks the band’s 30th anniversary. The band played their first show at the Park Central Amphitheatre in Dallas, Texas, in 1989.

The rock band announced the North American expansion of its 2019 tour back in January. The band performed nine concerts in Japan earlier this year.

Starr is the only constant member of the band, with the rest of the lineup shifting. Twelve variations of the band have toured, according to the music website Discogs. 

This year’s All Starr Band includes Toto’s Steve Lukather, Men at Work’s Colin Hay, Santana’s and Journey’s Gregg Rolie, multi-instrumentalist Warren Ham, drummer Gregg Bissonette and the return Average White Band’s Hamish Stuart.

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band has released seven albums between the years of 1990 and 2010.

The band is also scheduled to perform at Ravinia in Highland Park, Illinois, on Aug. 3-4. 

Starr was inducted twice into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame both as a member of The Beatles in 1988 and as a solo artist in 2015. He has released 19 solo studio records. Starr’s popular singles include “It Don’t Come Easy” and “Back Off Boogaloo.”

Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band is scheduled to perform at 7 p.m. on Aug. 20. Tickets are on sale, ranging from $54 to $149.

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