Colin Hay Talks Ringo Starr's All Starr Band

As Ringo Starr's All Starr Band wraps up the European leg of of its tour, Colin Hay posted an update on his website.

The voice of Men at Work's "Down Under" and "Who Can It Be Now" says, "Every night I get to play with legends, and I mean legends." 

When 10cc's Graham Gouldman sings, Hay says, "I am immediately transported to the sheet metal factory in Moorabbin. A daydreamer by nature, I was working the metal press, hoping the music would not move me to distraction, to the point where I punched a hole in my hand. Needless to say, I got out of there."

Hearing Santana's Gregg Rolie sing and play “Evil Ways,” Colin is "on the back of a Triumph Trident motorbike, winding around the curves of the Great Ocean Road, wondering what lay around the next corner. Meanwhile, Gregg was playing at Woodstock. Oh my dear Lord!"

Toto's Steve Lukather handles "Rosanna." Colin recalls when their old bands "graced the same stage at the Grammy Awards in the heady days of the early 80s."

"Every night, I turn around, and behind [a] sparkling set of drums, or fronting the band, is the one and only Ringo Starr, who played in the greatest musical phenomenon in history." Hay recalls, "In 1963, my father put the needle down on 'Please Please Me,' and said, 'Have a listen to these guys, I think they’ll do quite well'." Ringo is "is doing what... he still loves to do. I am glad he is still doing it, and I for one, am happy to be along for the ride." Ringo Starr's All Starr Band kicks off their U.S. schedule September 1st in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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