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June 25, 2014

Rain can't dampen Ringo and his All-Starrs

Niagara Gazette — Greatest Tuesday in the Park show ever? It’s up for debate, but making the case for Ringo and his 12th All Starr Band as the greatest show in the 40-year history of Artpark is not a difficult task by any means.

When Artpark announced that Ringo Starr was coming to Lewiston earlier this year, the region was blanketed by one of the worst winters in recent memory. The thought of Ringo Starr, a Beatle, coming to Artpark, warmed many souls.

Tonight’s show could have been a disaster. I assume I was not the only person keeping a close eye on the weather, and dreading the possibility that, what was arguably the most anticipated Tuesday show of all time, could have been a rainout.

Around the scheduled 7:45 p.m start, the rain came, and people tried to find shelter. It looked like the prospect of a rainout was a distinct possibility as crews scrambled to cover the equipment. I was luck enough to be scooted to a small shelter in the backstage area where the video guy had the radar pulled up. He assured me the storm would pass.

It was a late start, but a spry looking Ringo Starr and his All Starrs enthusiastically hit the stage around 8:30 p.m with “Matchbox.” The roar of the crowd was nothing short of magical, and undoubtedly worthy of a Beatle.

I doubt I was the only one who thought that we might have been shortchanged because of the late start, but not only was the crowd not shortchanged, they were treated to a set that was indescribably incredible.

For two hours, the band relentlessly plowed through a menagerie of album-oriented radio classics like “Black Magic Woman, “Africa” and “Bang the Drum, interspersed with the best of Ringo Starr’s catalogue.

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