A member of The Beatles will set foot in Downtown Boise next week. Think about the gravity of that situation, rock ’n’ roll fans.
It’s a special opportunity for Beatles fans young and old.
What’s nice about the Oct. 6 concert is that you know what you’re going to get from Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, a supergroup containing Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather (Toto), Gregg Rolie (Santana), Warren Ham (Toto, Kansas), Richard Page (Mr. Mister) and Gregg Bissonette (David Lee Roth).
“Was anyone here two years ago when we were here? We don’t have to play then,” Starr quipped to a Florida audience in 2014, according to the New Times of Broward/Palm Beach. “You know how it goes.”
Yes, we do. Starr, 75, will ham it up (“Peace and love!” he’ll proclaim repeatedly) and perform familiar Beatles classics. A singin’, swayin’, baby-boom lovefest will ensue. The audience will clap blissfully to “Yellow Submarine.” It will groove to the fitting “With a Little Help From My Friends.” But Starr also will spend a large chunk of the night behind his drum kit. The spotlight will rotate song by eclectic rock song as members of the All Starr Band deliver tunes often made popular by their former groups.
Think of it as a live jukebox of familiar hits from the ’60s through ’80s — or like spinning your radio dial back and forth between a classic-rock and oldies station.
Next to this article is a setlist from early 2015 that should be fairly representative of the coming evening — with at least one exception. Starr has a new album, “Postcards from Paradise,” which includes the first song written and recorded by Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, “Island in the Sun.” Expect to hear that one.
But fans won’t be exposed to much new music. Starr and his backing musicians know what everyone wants: nostalgia.
Oh, and fun.
“Thank you!” Rundgren quipped when the All Starr Band last visited Boise in 1999. “I eat your potatoes all the time!”
8 p.m. Oct. 6, CenturyLink Arena, 233 S. Capitol Blvd., Boise. $35, $55 and $75. CenturyLink Arena.