Legendary drummer and former Beatle Ringo Starr will rock the stage of the Community Arts Center this summer in a performance presented by the Williamsport Sun-Gazette. Tickets for the June 8 show will go on sale Feb. 14.
"This will be the first time that any of the former Beatles have performed in this area and we're very excited to be able to bring Ringo Starr to Williamsport," Bernard A. Oravec, Sun-Gazette publisher, said.
The Community Arts Center, with its 2,200 seats, will provide an intimate setting for the concert, which will be the tour's only stop in Pennsylvania.
"It's a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see a music legend in Williamsport," Oravec said. "Rob Steele (Community Arts Center director) and I have been working on landing this show for about nine months because we thought it would be very exciting for the area. In my mind, Ringo is arguably the greatest drummer in rock history."
Starr serves as frontman for his All Starr Band, which includes Steve "Luke" Lukather, of Toto; Richard Page, of Mr. Mister; Gregg Rolie, of Santana; Todd Rundgren; and Greg Bissonette. The All Starr band members have rotated over the years, but Starr has played with this lineup since 2012. The group plays a variety of songs including Starr's solo music, Beatles songs and songs from the original groups of the All Star Band members.
Starr's 16th and most recent studio solo album is "Ringo 2012."
Starr's year has gotten off to a busy start - in addition to performing at the Grammy Awards Sunday, he was honored by the David Lynch Foundation earlier this month with the Lifetime of Peace & Love Award. A children's book based on Starr's lyrics titled "Octopus's Garden" will be published in February. Additionally Starr provided a look into the lives of The Beatles with the book "Photograph," a collection of photos he took that was found after being lost for 50 years in his basement. The book was released last year by Genesis Publications.
This year also marks the 50th anniversary of The Beatles' first visit to the U.S. and appearance on "The Ed Sullivan Show."
Tickets to see Ringo Starr and his All Starr Band will go on sale at 9 a.m. Feb. 14 at the CAC box office, 220 W. Fourth St. Phone and Web orders will open at 10 a.m. For more information, visit www.caclive.com.