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from The Beatles' beat keeper

"The Ringo Starr Fine Art Show"
Hard Rock Cafe
Chicago, IL
June 26, 2014
Ringo Starr

Story By Kathryn Randall and Andy Argyrakis
Photos By Andy Argyrakis

Everyone on earth knows Ringo Starr as The Beatles' beat keeper, followed by his illustrious solo career, but along the extraordinary journey, the legend's also demonstrated an increasing affinity for another means of artistic expression. "I started in the late nineties with my computer art," the superstar once said. "While I was touring, it gave me something to do in all those crazy hotels you have to stay in on the road."

Fans have the chance to see his latest offerings firsthand for free as 94.7 WLS-FM presents "The Ringo Starr Fine Art Show" at the Hard Rock Cafe through Saturday, June 28. And for those who forked over some serious dough in advance, there was even a reception to meet the man behind the images on Thursday night, which after Starr walked the red carpet and posed for press, included the chance for donors to score their very own autograph and snapshot in a somewhatRingo Starr rare though nonetheless gracious personal appearance.

Of course, one of the most famous men of all time doesn't need the money, so he instead passed all the proceeds to The Lotus Foundation, which funds, supports and promotes various projects aimed at advancing social welfare (including assistance to those battling cancer, substance abuse, homelessness and much more). Besides the once-in-a-lifetime meet and greet, the singer/drummer is also bringing his current All Starr Band (Todd Rundgren, Steve Lukather, Richard Page, Gregg Rolie, Warren Ham and Gregg Bissonette) to the Chicago Theatre on Saturday, June 28 for a career-spanning concert that's absolutely essential for any follower of the Fab Four.

Before he resumed that jam-packed performance schedule, Concert Livewire couldn't resist asking Ringo who's on his bucket list for future All Starr Band incarnations, that is of course if there could possibly be any artist left who hasn't already leaped at his offer. "Well I can't say that because if I'm putting the band together, I want it to be fresh," he asserts. "I have to wait sometimes for band members [to be available], or say they call our office, then I look at them and I look at the tracks. First off, it all has to do with the songs. It's not like I sit there thinking "I'm gonna call Ray Charles.' [It's more] like I need a piano player and he's got great songs!"

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