Joan Baez Joins Ringo Starr at Paris Concert

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Joan Baez, on stage with Ringo Starr and His All Starr Band, Paris, June 6, 2018. Steve Lukather is at left; Graham Gouldman at right

You open your first European tour in six years and another legend – in the same city for her own concerts – shows up and joins in on one of your signature songs. That’s what happened on June 6 In Paris when Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band opened their tour on the continent. During the finale – the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends” – none other than Joan Baez joined the fun to sing along.

Baez is currently playing the same venue – L’Olympia – for a series of 10 concerts as part of her Fare Thee Well tour.

The 2018 All Starr Band includes Colin Hay of Men at Work, Steve Lukather of Toto, Gregg Rolie of Santana and Journey and new member Graham Gouldman of 10cc. On percussion and sax is Warren Ham and on drums Gregg Bissonette.

After the main set, which features Beatles songs, many of Starr’s solo hits, and classic rock favorites from members of the All-Starr Band, the program closed, as usual, with the Beatles’ “With a Little Help From My Friends.” After the song had begun, Baez arrived on stage where she remained for a little over a minute.

Related: Our recap of Starr’s two June 2018 warmup dates in Atlantic City

Watch Baez join the band at around the 35-second mark of “With a Little Help From My Friends”

Baez and Starr are both 77. “Thank you for being a great audience,” Ringo said, before he left the stage. “Remember, peace and love… peace and love.”

Watch a portion of the song from a different angle

2018 is shaping up to be a huge year for Starr. In the same week that he was knighted in a ceremony at London’s Buckingham Palace, he announced U.S. tour dates to follow the 2018 All Starr Band’s European itinerary. The band will be touring Europe this June and July and have 20 dates throughout the U.S. in September. (See below.)

Watch “Boys” and “Don’t Pass Me By”

Watch Ringo sing “I Wanna Be Your Man” and Lukather sing Toto’s “Hold the Line” from the Paris concert

Ringo Starr & His All-Starr Band, June 6, 2018, L’Olympia, Paris, France, Setlist

Matchbox
It Don’t Come Easy
Dreadlock Holiday
Evil Ways
Rosanna
Down Under
Boys
Don’t Pass Me By
Yellow Submarine
I’m Not in Love
Black Magic Woman/Gypsy Queen
You’re Sixteen
Anthem
Who Can It Be Now?
The Things We Do For Love
Oye Como Va
I Wanna Be Your Man
Hold the Line
Photograph
Act Naturally
With a Little Help From My Friends/Give Peace a Chance

Ringo and His All Starr Band 2018 Dates (Tickets available here and here)

June 15 – Horsens, Denmark – Lunden
June 16 – Berlin, Germany – Tempodrom
June 17 – Zwickau, Germany – Stadhalle
June 19 – Prague, Czech Republic – Congress Hall
June 20 – Vienna, Austria – Stadhalle
June 23 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Menorah Arena
June 24 – Tel Aviv, Israel – Menorah Arena
June 26 – Barcelona, Spain – St. Jordi Club
June 28 – Madrid, Spain – WiZink Center
June 29 – La Caruna, Spain – Coliseum
July 01 – Bilbao, Spain – Bizkia Arena
July 04 – Luxembourg, Belgium – Rockhal
July 06 – Monte Carlo, Monaco – Sporting Complex
July 08 – Lucca, Italy – Piazza Napoleone
July 09 – Marostica, Italy – Piazza Degli Scacchi
July 11 – Rome, Italy – Auditorium Cavea

Related: Listings for 100s of classic rock tours

Sep 01 – Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Tulsa, OK
Sep 02 – Walmart Arkansas Music Pavilion, Rogers, AR
Sep 03 – Starlight Theatre, Kansas City, MO
Sep 05 – Iowa State Center, Ames, IA
Sep 07 – Fox Theater, St. Louis, MO
Sep 08 – TBA, Milwaukee, WI
Sep 09 – Morris Performing Arts Center, South Bend, IN
Sep 11 – Fraze Pavilion, Kettering, OH
Sep 13 – Radio City Music Hall, New York, NY
Sep 14 – Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga, NY
Sep 15 – The Toyota Oakdale Theater, Wallingford, CT
Sep 17 – Wang Theater, Boston, MA
Sep 19 – Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, Pittsburgh, PA
Sep 21 – Hard Rock Rocksino, Northfield Park, OH
Sep 22 – The Chicago Theatre, Chicago, IL
Sep 23 – Ordway Center for the Performing Arts, St Paul, MN
Sep 25 – Paramount Theatre, Denver, CO
Sep 27 – Humphreys, San Diego, CA
Sep 28 – City National Civic, San Jose, CA
Sep 29 – Greek Theatre, Los Angeles, CA

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  1. Music was my meds
    #1 Music was my meds 9 June, 2018, 12:27

    Chart position,never really cared about that concerning what I was listening to.I will be honest and say it did bring a smile to my face when I worked for Schwartz Bros.lifetime ago

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