Keeping with the “dude” theme, I see it is time to blog again.
This past week I had one of those “once-in-a-lifetime-experiences” that I would do all over. I became a “Concert Dude”. I am speaking of the Ringo Starr and His All-Star Band concert in Bend, OR. Nearly 8,000 fans (an older crowd I may add) filled the Les Schwab Amphitheater for two non-stop hours (no intermission!) for a trip back to an era of pop culture and music. Oh, it just so happened to have been headlined by the legendary Ringo Starr. At 74 years I must say Ringo looks pretty good. How many stars, current or past, at the age of 74, can claim the title of legend? Not many. Ringo is a legend. Ringo was in his element both on drums and center stage on vocals and the audience loved him and the music!
The concert was a blend of many songs done by the Beatles (“Yellow Submarine” – YES!), several written by Ringo himself, and a mix of songs from Santana and Toto, plus other classics from the 70’s and 80’s. The band members included the following musicians: Steve Lukather, Gregg Rolie, Ringo Starr, Todd Rundgren, Gregg Bisonette, Richard Page, and Warren Ham.
The weather Thursday night was perfect for the concert, set along the edge of the Deschutes River and across from the Old Mill District. Blue sky, warm desert sun shining down on the concert-goers and entire Bend area – I loved it!
Often we are able to attend a concert/performance, gathering, event that is an experience we will only have once in our lifetime. This was one of those. If you know me well, and/or follow me on Facebook, you’re well aware of my thirst and love of music. The past few years I have attended many concerts, musicals and performances … folks, this was the frosting on the cake, one I will always remember.
The 50’s saw Elvis change rock-and-roll music. The 60’s saw the Beatles change pop music. I’ve heard several artists say if it hadn’t been for Elvis or the Beatles, they probably wouldn’t have made it in the industry, due to their introduction of their style of music.
The photo in this blog post was taken by The Bend Bulletin, the local newspaper. WOW! This is what it looked like! Cameras were not allowed inside the venue so this is second best for photos!
Below is a “quiz” that I’m posting as a challenge to all Beatle fans. As folks were entering the Les Schwab Amphitheater in Bend, OR, this “A Most Unusual Beatles Quiz” was being distributed. How many can you answer correctly? I will post answers later in the week.
- How many Beatles albums have been sold?
- What was the most recent year the Beatles were ranked the #1 seller?
- What is Ringo Starr’s real name?
- When did John Lennon start singing publically?
- Where did Paul McCartney and John Lennon meet?
- At the height of their fame in 1965, all four Beatles professed to be what?
- In 1966, which Beatle proudly proclaimed, “We’re more popular than Jesus.”
- In 1967 the Beatles sang a song entitled, “When I’m 64.” Which two did not make it to the age of 64?
- Which Beatle said, “Everyone always talks about a good thing coming to an end, as if life was over … the game isn’t over yet. Everyone talks in terms of the last record or the last Beatles concert … but, God willing, there are another 40 years of productivity to go.”